Boro strike late for levelling goal

Ryan Blott scored a late goal for Boro
Ryan Blott scored a late goal for Boro

Scarborough Athletic somehow left Barton Town’s Euronics Stadium with just a single point after a battling 1-1 NCEL premier draw.

Some justice was finally done in the dying embers of the game as Ryan Blott swooped to earn Boro a share of the spoils.

Before that, Boro had unbelievably looked to be heading for a defeat despite controlling the majority of the encounter.

Barton goalkeeper, former Boro man, David Bramley proved to be the shining light for the hosts with a string of superb stops.

But after just eight minutes he should have been given his marching orders for a rash tackle on Blott.

Blott had latched onto a throughball and he jigged his way past Bramley before being crudely brought down.

Referee Chris Ward ruled that it was not a goal scoring opportunity, despite the fact that it clearly was.

Blott brushed himself down and smashed the resulting free-kick over the bar as Boro sparked a host of raids on the Barton goal.

Bramley denied both Blott and Tom Adams, following on from a dangerous counter from Barton’s Steve Norton who put the ball just past the post when through on goal.

Boro did suffer a hefty blow in the opening exchanges as Tom Claisse, who had been brought into the midfield, was carried off to be replaced by the previously benched James Bennett.

The visitors lost their way in the chill north-Lincolnshire air with misplaced passes and long-balls stunting any pro-active play and the sides went into the break with the score 0-0.

Winger Robbie Hawkes came out for the second half but was swiftly replaced by Joel Ramm, whose attacking forays added an extra dimension to Boro’s game.

However, Barton still looked dangerous on the break and some sloppy defending led to Daz Winter’s lunging challenge on Josh Schofield in the visitors’ area.

Up stepped ex-Boro man Rich Medcalf, but he rifled his penalty wide of goal with his first touch having arrived from the bench at half-time.

Stung into action, Boro picked up the pace and Adams shot wide from 25 yards as the visitors began to put some sustained pressure on the Barton defence.

Blott then went even closer when he beat Bramley but was denied by the inside of a post.

Their excursions forward did come at a price as there was space left at the back and the hosts took advantage of this and Paddy Miller had to be at his best to hook clear a whipped centre from inside his own six-yard area.

Adams probably should have made the breakthrough when a neat interchange between Ramm and Tony Hackworth saw him in on Bramley’s goal for a second time, but the midfielder could only smash his effort straight at the advancing Barton stopper.

There looked to be a sting in the tail as Barton gathered some late momentum, Medcalf was superbly denied by Steve Wilson’s flying save, but the Boro keeper could do nothing when Gaz Clayton missed his clearance and Schofield lifted the ball into the corner of the net.

Boro heads did not go down and they launched attack after attack as they went in search of their just desserts.

Bramley somehow blocked a close-range Ramm effort and it did not look like it was going to be Boro’s night after they failed to convert after another scramble in the hosts’ penalty area.

But with three minutes of added time played, Blott showed another flash of goal scoring brilliance to earn a richly-deserved point.

The striker ghosted onto Ramm’s pass into the box and lifted the ball in off the underside of the bar to start jubilant celebrations from the travelling support.