Boro freeze on the road

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Scarborough Athletic produced a dismal performance on the road at Coalville on Saturday afternoon, with the hosts easing to a 2-0 victory.

Boro offered little or nothing in the Leicestershire chill, allowing Coalville to seal a deserved double over Rudy Funk’s men.

Funk had brought Matty Plummer and Paul Foot back into the side, though he switched to a 4-5-1 in the absence of Gary Bradshaw, with Ryan Blott ploughing a lone furrow in attack.

Blott’s plight was highlighted all afternoon as Boro failed to support the striker, though failure was rife all across the park.

The tone was set in the very first minute as Reece Lester was allowed the space to strike the outside of the Boro post and then seconds later, Anthony Carney drove just over.

Things didn’t get much better for Boro as full-back Joe Lamlough twice headed off his own line and centre-back Andy Milne achieved a similar feat when Jordan Hempenstall’s effort was goalbound.

Hempenstall was presented with another opportunity when Plummer conceded possession on the half-way line, the frontman smashing just past the post.

Boro finally began to emerge as an attacking force when they finally found Blott’s feet.

He had a shot saved and then Ryan Williams’ vicious effort was deflected over. The resulting corner was diverted at goal by the head of Blott, but the handball appeals that followed were turned down by referee Craig Taylor.

There was a little more end-to-end action before the break as Pete Davidson’s effort fizzed just wide, then Glynn Cotton struck a shot that skipped just beyond Jason White’s upright.

After former York City man Cameron Stewart saw his shot saved by White, Boro had a pair of good chances that could have changed the destiny of the points.

Tom Davie’s effort was brilliantly tipped away and then Plummer rose well to head wide.

Coalville broke quickly after this pressure and the hosts managed to grab the lead in spectacular, yet frustrating fashion.

Hempenstall collected 30 yards from goal and curled in a lobbed effort that beat the easily stranded White and sailed into the net.

White almost gifted Coalville a second when he gave the ball straight to Rob Evans. His cross was met by Hempenstall in front of an open goal, but he diverted it over.

Coalville killed the game off in the minutes that followed when Evans ran onto a melee on the edge of the box and smashed in a volley that arrowed past White’s right hand.

Funk rolled the dice in the final moments, throwing on Sam O’Malley and putting Foot in attack, but all they could muster was a great strike from Davie that Sean Bowles pushed to safety.

With temperatures dipping, Mr Taylor finally brought an end to a fixture that saw Boro freeze when fellow high-flyers Coalville turned up the heat.