Boro make it three out of three

Gaz Clayton is congratulated after netting Boro's first      Pictures by James Hunter
Gaz Clayton is congratulated after netting Boro's first Pictures by James Hunter

Scarborough Athletic made it three out of three on Saturday when they put Glasshoughton to the sword at Queensgate.

Boro strode to a 3-1 victory in the searing heat to keep themselves up with the NCEL Premier’s early pace-setters.

Ryan Blott nods Boro's second

Ryan Blott nods Boro's second

Goals from Gaz Clayton, Ryan Blott and Andy Milne proved to be the difference, though a hefty gap in quality also had its say.

The home side’s attacking threat was there from start to finish, while Glasshoughton huffed and puffed, but only troubled Boro keeper Steve Wilson on a handful of occasions.

It took Boro just three minutes to grab the lead, with Clayton poking home at the second attempt after some fine approach play by Blott.

Glasshoughton could have hit back immediately, but Liam Radford stabbed the ball wide of the target after outpacing the Athletic back-line.

Blott looked to have doubled Boro’s advantage on eight minutes, but he was adjudged by referee Mr Swift to have man-handled a defender on his path to goal.

Boro looked to be cruising, but they were struck by a hefty blow in the 13th minute when Robbie Hawkes tangled with Andrew Fieldhouse in the area. The ref pointed at the spot and Darrell Young beat Wilson with his kick.

This sparked a frustrating spell for Boro, as they created a flurry of chances with their incisive passing, but none of these opportunities registered.

Dead-ball expert James Bennett saw his free-kick deflected just past the post, Ollie Ryan headed high and wide, then midfielder Pete Davidson went close with a pair of efforts.

Glasshoughton could have grabbed the lead themselves, but Wilson saved well at the feet of James Beaston and Radford’s cross from the left bounced worryingly past the post.

The game’s main threat was Boro striker Ryan Blott, who was very unlucky not to have broken his duck in the opening period.

Blott struck the bar with a bending effort and then broke free, beating the keeper and the defender to the ball, but his cheeky lob bounced away to safety.

Blott wasn’t going to be denied though, and just a couple of minutes into the second half he did manage to open his account.

With Ryan heading off as a precaution, Tony Hackworth was pushed up front. It was Hackworth’s deep cross to the back post that was brilliantly met by the head of Blott, and the effort sailed into the bottom corner.

There was only going to be one winner from this point, as Boro began to flex their muscles.

They could have nudged their tally towards double figures, but the fine tuning on their goalscoring radar was just a touch out.

Clayton drilled just over from distance and Davidson smashed the ball over when well placed.

It was Blott who sparked the third and final goal though, with a dancing run on the left and a brilliant ball into the mix of the penalty area. Milne didn’t need a second invitation as he strode onto the ball and smashed it into the top corner of the net.

Blott possibly should have added to his personal account in the closing stages, but he was brilliantly denied by Glasshoughton stopper Tom Draper after sprinting clear of the defence.

Boro’s Wilson also earned his wage packet, producing a couple of saves from Fieldhouse and Radford.

The points were already pushed firmly into the bag though, as Rudy Funk’s men saw out the closing stages in confident style to maintain their 100 per cent start to the league campaign.