Boro hit Railway for six

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Harrogate Railway became the latest team to feel the full weight of the Scarborough Athletic locomotive on Monday night.

The gulf in class was immeasurable, as Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot’s new-look machine maintained a start to the season that can only be described as flawless.

Boro purred with confidence throughout a textbook 90 minutes that will have sent a shiver of positivity down the spine of every travelling supporter.

The 6-0 scoreline not only made it four wins out of four to push Boro to the top of the Evo-Stik North table, but it also preserved a clean-sheet record that now spans 360 minutes of football.

Young Bradford City keeper Chandler Hallwood was the most recent benefactor of a mean Boro defence, as he stepped in for regular number one Ben Simpson, who was struggling with a knee problem.

Hallwood had little to do, but he went about his business with a confident air, which breathed further life into Boro.

In stark contrast his opposite number Tom Goodwin was in for a night to forget, a nightmare that started with just 10 minutes on the clock.

It was the left foot of Nathan Peat that floated the ball into the box and Tom Corner rose well to flick into the top corner.

This started a swift avalanche of goals, with the second arriving five minutes later. Gary Bradshaw taking advantage of some neat approach play by Joe Fox and poking into the net.

Then the Peat-Corner link-up worked for a second time after 19 minutes. The former lifting a driven free-kick into the box and Boro’s top-scorer nestled another headed effort into the goal, leaving Goodwin flapping at thin air.

Corner rounded off his personal treble with 24 minutes played, but the third was more down to Harrogate’s generosity than anything else.

A nothing ball into the box resulted in horrible mix-up between Goodwin and a defender, Corner was on hand to gobble up the pieces from four yards.

As dead and buried as the game was by this point, Boro could have moved even further out of sight in the remaining minutes of the half.

Corner, Bradshaw and Ryan Qualter all went close as the Railway back-line continued to groan under a barrage of pressure.

This battering wasn’t exclusive to the first period, as Boro continued to push after the intermission.

Holding the game by the scruff of the neck, Boro demonstrated their striking depth by throwing Alex Metcalfe, Ryan Blott and Alex Peterson into the action.

It took Peterson no time to stake a claim for a starting place, the big striker swivelling neatly in the box to drill home a Fox free-kick.

Then Blott got in on the act. His one-touch control may have been touched by a hint of hand-ball, but his glorious lobbed finish just showed the frontman’s quality.

Blott and Fox could have rubbed further salt into Harrogate’s already gaping wounds, but the goal rush had finally dried up after what had been a bountiful evening.