Hackworth and Blott hand Boro victory

Ryan Blott netted for Boro
Ryan Blott netted for Boro

Scarborough Athletic made it two out of two in their pre-season friendlies at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Saturday afternoon.

Boro had enough to see off Eccleshill by a 2-0 scoreline, though the game should probably have had a more comfortable slant to it.

Boss Rudy Funk made a few alterations from the opening victory against Eastfield, with new boy Tom Claisse slotting into a role in the centre of the park and producing an accomplished display.

The boss selected a 4-4-2

Boro were rarely threatened on the huge pitch at the South Leeds Stadium, but they themselves looked a little tepid in the attacking department.

There were few highlights in the opening stages of the game, with defences taking clear control.

The first chink Boro created in the Eccleshill armour came 15 minutes into the match when Robbie Hawkes discovered some space and let fly with a dipping shot that was brilliantly tipped to safety.

The breakthrough came seconds later from the resulting corner kick. James Bennett swung the ball in from the left and Tony Hackworth rose well and powered home a downward header.

The first half tailed away in dour fashion, though another piece of Hawkes brilliance almost brought a second goal.

The wing-man again found himself in acres of open pitch and he wasted no time in delivering a sweet shot, that for the second time was pushed away from the top corner.

The new half began brought one or two worrying moments for Boro, as Eccleshill finally found their attacking boots.

Keeper Kevin Martin twice held firm to useful shots though, allowing Boro some much-needed breathing room.

Boro opted for the spectacular in their quest for a second goal, and efforts from Blott and Claisse almost paid dividend.

Blott firstly hooked a delightful volley inches over the bar, then the Eccleshill stopper produced another top save when holding onto Claisse’s lob from distance.

Sub Bill Law leapt well at a corner, but his header was comfortably saved, then, with the seconds ticking towards full-time, another substitute sparked Boro’s decisive strike.

Jimmy Ghaichem danced through a trio of challenges and delivered the ball on a plate to Blott, who took no time in gobbling up the chance.

The referee blew the whistle seconds after the restart to confirm another valuable win in Boro’s pre-season preparatory work.

Boro: Martin, Draper (Pickles 70), Clayton, Winters, Ingram (Kemp 65), Miller (Law 65), Bennett (Hewitt 70), Claisse, Hawkes (Ghaichem 53), Blott, Hackworth.