Scarborough Athletic finally lived up to their potential on Saturday when they swept Radcliffe Borough aside on the road.
Having picked up just a handful of points away from home this season, Boro produced a high-quality display to seal the first win for joint-managers Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot.
The 3-0 scoreline flattered Radcliffe as well, as Boro played an attractive and incisive brand of football that left the hosts chasing shadows for much of the game.
Boro included new defender Dean Lisles in the starting line-up, while they opted for guile in the middle of the park as Chris Bolder and Jimmy Beadle took up the central midfield berths.
Beadle was an immediate threat to the Radcliffe back-line, as his first effort - a goalbound thunderbolt - crashed into the leg of defender Danny Lafferty and bounced to safety.
Boro’s free-flowing attacking play soon became too much for the hosts. The midfield creativity sent Alex Peterson in on the Radcliffe goal and when he was tackled, Gary Bradshaw picked up the baton and stroked the ball home.
Boro were now a different animal to recent away-day outings, oozing confidence and playing high-tempo football that undid Radcliffe on numerous occasions.
Beadle saw another delicious drive deflected just past the post, then a string of other chances came and went before the lead was doubled.
Ghaichem’s corner seemed to have been dealt with, but Matty Plummer collected on the edge of the box and his effort looped up and into the top corner of the net.
Bradshaw almost matched him minutes later, but his lofted strike was brilliantly tipped over the bar by keeper Chris Cheetam.
Boro had a scare at the start of the second half when Sam Cook scampered in on Jason White. The Athletic stopper got a hand to his low drive and pushed it away.
Normal service was soon resumed and the right foot of Beadle was given another range-finder just before the hour, but he fizzed his drive just past the post.
Boro’s attacking brilliance deserved another goal and it duly arrived with 68 minutes on the clock.
Bradshaw cleverly flicked the ball over the Radcliffe defence, Blott beat Cheetham to the ball and finished with ease.
By that point Boro had done more than enough to seal the points, but they continued to fight right to the final whistle.
The few travelling fans showed their appreciation when the referee concluded the afternoon’s action and the dark clous that had gathered over the club in recent weeks began to disperse.