IN A WEEKEND of disappointing results for Scarborough Ladies FC’s junior sides, the one positive was the under-14s 3-1 win away at former league leaders Easingwold.
Easingwold had been leading the league for the majority of the season, but recent slip ups had allowed York RI to take the top spot, prior to Boro making the one-and-a-half hour journey to the town between York and Thirsk.
The Boro girls had trained and listened well on the Thursday prior to the game, after a terrible performance and result at Fulford the previous week.
At Easingwold lightning struck twice, as the home side took the lead after only a minute – just as they had done in the fixture at Sherburn in October, which they went on to win 3-1.
However, Boro were not ready to settle for another defeat, and galvanised their play to begin attacking in waves.
Skipper Chloe Marshall lead the attacks down the right, with Cara Orrah and Emily Dowson joining in to provide a potent strike-force.
Ebony Earle came on as sub, and struck a shot just over.
It was Dowson who blasted in the equaliser after 20 minutes of the 25-minute half.
Her left-foot half volley cannoned in off the upright and brought Boro right back into the game.
More substitutions were made by the Boro coaches, and two of the subs combined to put the side ahead before half-time.
Olivia Jenkinson had a superb game on the right when replacing Marshall for a spell, and it was her dogged determination to never give up that lead to a home defender making a mistake, and playing the ball straight into the path of Lizzy Alport who struck the ball into the net for 2-1.
At half-time the message was to keep going and pressure the Easingwold defence again.
Boro did this without fail, Orrah and Dowson forcing the keeper into good saves.
A third goal did come after 35 minutes, when a corner was recycled to the edge of the box, and Jenkinson blasted home with her unfavoured left foot for her first goal of the season.
Boro lost Ruvimbo Mhaka to a nasty looking ankle injury soon after, meaning the excellent Lizzie Sartain played almost a full game.
She, alongside the strong Caitlin Foster and defensive midfielder Bethan Howitt, kept the danger away from Becca Palmer’s goal.
But the Hunmanby-based stopper did have to make one excellent save low down as the home side looked to nick one back.
A fabulous result for the girls, who go into this weekend’s cup tie with Fulford full of confidence.