Scarborough Ladies FC’s open age side came close to their first points of the season in a thrilling game at Catterick Garrison.
Boro started slowly, and gifted the home side a 1-0 lead after just two minutes.
The pacy Maria Jagger almost grabbed Boro an equaliser after 10 minutes, when she hit the bar following Beth Taylor’s run and cross.
With Boro’s regular goalkeepers unavailable, striker Chloe Bennett had donned the gloves for the first half and she was helpless to stop three home attacks which led to the scoreline reaching 4-0 by 35 minutes.
Boro’s defence saw three changes from the previous week, with Ruvimbo Mhaka and Sophie Ambler making their first starts of the season, and Meg Wingfield slotting in at left-back for the unavailable Lizzie Sartain.
Just before half-time Boro pulled a goal back when Taylor’s drive down the left led to a good shooting opportunity and her strike was parried by the home keeper, but Lucy Ambler was on hand to follow up and tap the ball in.
If the first half was owned by the home side, the second half was all Boro, as the girls came out with a new lease of life and a willingness to attack in numbers and at pace.
With Bennett now in her usual striking position and skipper Dani Kendrick in goal, Boro used Bennett’s skilful hold-up play to launch numerous attacks.
A shot from Bennett on 55 minutes led to Boro pulling back a second goal as Ambler again followed up to score and make it 4-2.
Beth Hosie and Bennett saw efforts fly just over, before Boro’s third goal came - and it was the best of the game.
Sam Widdowfield won the ball and it ran to Chloe Marshall and the right winger picked up the ball and went on 50-yard run into the opposition box.
After side-stepping a couple of defenders and forcing the keeper to make a save, she followed up and lifted the ball home for her third of the season to give Boro hope.
Catterick responded however, and scored a fifth goal, when a nippy striker rounded Kendrick to make it 5-3.
Player of the match Jagger tested the keeper with a close-range effort, and Lucy Ambler forced two saves from the keeper before Taylor gave Boro hope again.
Running through and taking a calm touch, the winger hit the ball into the net via the keeper’s hands.
Boro continued to press for an equaliser and just ran out of time, but can take heart from a great team performance which somewhat shocked the home side and gave the Boro girls a massive confidence boost ahead of their next game - in the County Cup against York City first team on October 18.
SLFC: Bennett, S Ambler, Wingfield, Mhaka, Sumpton, Marshall, Kendrick (c), Taylor, Mitchell, Jagger, Hosie. Subs used: Widdowfield, L Ambler.