SCARBOROUGH Town welcomed Kris Tate and Ricky Nock back into the squad as they continued to set the pace at the top of the Humber Premier League Division One with a convincing win over Hessle United.
From a right-wing corner taken by Martyn Ferrey, a header from Baz Gill crashed against the woodwork, and another corner was played short and worked neatly into the box but Hessle had numbers back and managed to scramble the ball clear.
A deft touch from Danny Collins then allowed a one-two with Ben Luntley for Collins to shoot narrowly wide of the post, then a dummy from Collins gave Tate a sight of goal, but a deflection took the sting out of the shot and keeper Ben Hamilton saved comfortably.
Town were dominating play at this stage with some crisp passing and good movement off the ball, but the visitors were still in the game and Chris Ferrey had to be alert to tip over a goalbound effort from Chris Boreham.
At the other end Luntley was brought down when going clear, Martyn Ferrey’s free kick was threaded through to Luntley who shielded the ball well before firing in a shot which unfortunately went straight at Hamilton.
Collins was next to create a chance, going clear on the left and around the keeper, but his effort was cleared off the line by a covering defender.
Town had had enough chances to be streets ahead by now, and from their eighth corner of the first half Luntley’s header came back off the woodwork.
Somehow Hessle had kept the game goalless until half-time, and straight after the interval they had probably their best chance of the game when Phil Rokah turned neatly but shot straight at Chris Ferrey in the Town goal. From a Town free kick, Exley shot with venom from 25 yards but Hamilton was in the right place to grasp the ball. Some neat approach work between Luntley and Exley then created a chance for Collins who drove the ball over the top, and the quick-thinking Tate almost broke the deadlock with a chip which beat the keeper but dropped just over the crossbar.
It seemed only a matter of time before Town would hit the net, but it was manager Shaun Rennison who provided the spark by re-organising the side and moving Neil Fryirs up front.
Within minutes Tate prodded the ball through for Fryirs to slot neatly past the despairing Hamilton to give Town the lead on 68 minutes. Almost from the restart Ferrey and Tate combined to give Luntley the chance to smash the ball in from the edge of the box to score his debut goal for Town, and it was three goals in five minutes when Fryirs blasted in a free-kick.
Tate broke through the defence and shot first time, but his effort was superbly savedHamilton.
Hessle created a rare chance in the dying moments, with Bobby Upson hitting a free kick just over the bar.
However this was a convincing win for Town against a Hessle side which had won their last four games in a row.
Town: C.Ferrey, Jackson, Fryirs, Gill, Briggs, M.Ferrey (Pickles 85), Nelson, Tate, Collins (Nock 59), Luntley, Exley.