Boro cruise past Winterton

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Scarborough Athletic remain the NCEL Premier’s frontrunners after a workmanlike home success against lowly Winterton Rangers.

This was another hurdle out of the way in the race for the title, however Boro could well have boosted their goal difference in magnificent fashion.

But they came up against an impeccable performance from Winterton stopper Leigh Herrick, though his cause was boosted by a rare attacking off-day by the Athletic players.

The three points and the three goals were enough to keep Boro six points clear of rivals Brighouse, who also had a winning Saturday against derby rivals Thackley.

Though Bridlington Town’s title ambitions look in total tatters after their defeat at the hands of Barton.

Boss Rudy Funk made a couple of alterations from Tuesday night’s win against Barton, with Andy Milne stepping in for Darren Kelly, while veteran Bryan Hughes took his place on the left of midfield, James Bennett dropped to the bench.

Boro started in a lively manner and the early goal that the fans were praying for came in due course.

Ryan Blott collected an angled ball from the back, pulled the trigger and fired it across the keeper and into the net.

Paddy Miller then shot another across the bow, when his swirling cross sailed just past the post.

A second goal was always on the cards and it was Miller who dealt up a delightful ball in that Jimmy Beadle met in powerful style, giving Herrick no chance.

Hackworth had a similar opportunity from a Hughes delivery, but Herrick was ready for this one and he made an amazing point-blank save from the striker’s header.

Herrick was then at full-stretch to deny Blott with a bending drive, though one of his defenders did finally contribute when clearing a move involving Hackworth, Blott and Hughes that flowed smoothly into the box.

The Winterton keeper certainly deserved his half-time slice of orange, while in contrast, Boro’s keeper Arran Reid could well have spent the first half enjoying the sun on a deckchair in the home goal.

Little altered after the break, as Herrick was again plunged deep into the action.

Blott played a wicked ball across the face of his box and the raiding Denny Ingram was unlucky not to get on the end of it.

Hughes then had a free-kick tipped over, the resulting corner was hacked off the line under the nose of Andy Milne.

Blott was twice denied as he went one-on-one with the keeper, then Hackworth scuffed his shot wide with the target gaping.

Boro wrapped up the job with the composure that comes with the experience of Hughes. He played a neat one-two with Blott and then rolled the ball under the advancing Herrick, who had no chance.

Boro could have finished with a flurry of goals, as the Winterton lads seemed to give up all hope.

Blott and sub Robbie Hawkes had shots tipped away, Milne planted a header over the bar and Blott chipped over when he could have rolled in David Brown for an open goal.

Brown did get his open goal after Beadle’s shot was saved, but the diminutive striker dallied a little and the chance was gone.

The three points were all that mattered on the day, but Boro fans must be hoping that the cutting edge returns with a bang when the league leaders make the trip to rivals Brighouse next weekend.