Boro swept aside by Shaymen

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Scarborough Athletic’s opening work-out of pre-season turned into something of a slog, as they were comfortably swept aside by Halifax Town at the Shay.

Boro’s Blue Square Premier opponents just had too much on the day, though Rudy Funk’s men will have learned plenty from the 7-0 defeat.

Boss Funk gave debuts to nine new players, including former Hull City youngsters James Arvandale, Tyler Collinson and Lewis Clarkson, ex-Frickley centre-back Chris Fisher, as well as the suprise additions of Bridlington Town men Nathan Cook and Josh Greening to the subs bench. Connor Erangey and Tom Clarke also featured.

Boro started the game confidently in the searing heat, with the lively Collinson causing a variety of issues on the right.

Halifax soon seized matters by the scruff of the neck though, as their power and pace began to pay dividend.

Alex Johnson opened the newly-promoted Conference side’s account with 12 minutes played, smartly volleying a centre past a stranded Jason White in the Boro goal.

Things got a little worse for Funk’s men soon after, as Johnson found some space on the edge of the box and scuffed a weak shot into the bottom corner of the net.

A third goal arrived on the half-hour when Lee Gregory played a neat one-two to take out Fisher, he then kept his cool to roll the ball home from the tightest of angles.

The game was wrapped up as a contest just before the interval when Marc Roberts rose highest in the box to power home a header.

Funk rung the changes at the interval, introducing James Bennett, David Brown, Greening and Connor Erangey. Cook had earlier come on for Tony Hackworth.

The Shaymen could have added to their lead in the opening exchanges of the new period, but Johnson was denied his treble by a flying White save.

Halifax finally made it five on the hour, with sub Kevin Holsgrove taking advantage after a Fisher slip.

The same player then made it 6-0, rifling a vicious shot into the Boro net from the edge of the box.

Halifax hadn’t done either, as Roberts rose once again in the box to crash home a header, despite the efforts of Pete Davidson on the goal-line.

Boro fans were given some cheer in the closing stages, with injury victims Ryan Blott and Ollie Ryan both playing their part.

Boro: White, Arvandale, Ridley, Fisher, Hackworth, Davidson, Collinson, Bolder, Clarkson, Bradshaw, Radcliffe. Subs: Blott, Bennett, Brown, Greening, Ryan, Cook, Erangey, Clarke.