Boro hurt by late hammer blow

Scarborough Athletic were stung by the cruelest of late blows on Tuesday night.

Having fought back to level up at 1-1, former Bridlington Town man Rikki Paylor crashed home a 95th minute wonder goal to hand Ossett Albion a 2-1 win and all three points at Queensgate.

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Boro richly deserved at least a share of the spoils against their high-flying opponents, but once again the rub of the green was absent.

The grit and determination was there, but that all-important touch of quality just wasn't.

Boro were maybe a little too calm in the opening seconds when new loanee Kesi Omolokun tried to pass his way out of trouble at the back. Nick Matthews intercepted his ball, cut in on keeper Patrick Weaver, but lifted just wide.

Boro were equally as wasteful at the other end when Tom Corner, returning to the side in place of Gary Bradshaw, was gifted two great opportunities.

Corner came off better in a challenge with keeper Brett Souter and the ball looped into the air. He finally controlled and looked certain to score, but Declan Dawson stole in to clear off his toe.

Then Corner outpaced the Ossett backline and beat Souter to the ball for a second time, frustratingly his effort struck the post and bounced clear.

Ossett had survived their defensive lapses, but as soon as Boro made one, the hosts were severely punished.

Keeper Weaver failed to grasp a corner that was swung into the box and Matthews was there to prod Ossett into the lead.

Just before the interval there was more indecision in the Boro defensive ranks and Rob Bordman popped up and lobbed inches wide of the post.

Ossett had made a bright start to the new period when Boro dug deep into the resources to haul themselves right back into the game.

Nathan Peat instantly controlled a set-piece into the box, Corner nipped in ahead of the defender and rolled cleverly through the crowd and into the net.

From this moment Boro looked more like their old selves and not a side that had slumped so badly after a perfect start to the season.

They did their best to play football in the challenging conditions, and Ossett at times looked to be hanging on.

Alex Metcalfe and Ryan Blott both went close, but Boro failed to make this pressure pay.

In fact they had to use their get out of jail card when Weaver dropped another corner. Fortunately, with the ball looking to have crossed the line, the officials ignored the appeals of the visiting players.

This wasn't the first time ref Nick Hawksby came under the spotlight, as he spent much of the evening making a string of questionable decisions, which stopped the flow of the play and at times turned the fixture into a niggly mess.

His final call was to let the clock tick on to 96 minutes, which proved to be so costly for Boro.

The hosts looked to have defended a last-gasp raid from the hosts when the ball bobbled to Paylor on the edge of the box. He let go with the sweetest of drives that beat Weaver, smashed into the net and shattered the Boro hearts.