A DISAPPOINTING second-half showing from Scarborough Athletic saw Rudy Funk’s side concede a half-time lead to lose out 2-1 to landlords Bridlington Town at Queensgate.
Despite Josh Greening forcing Boro keeper Kevin Martin into action early on, Bridlington looked sluggish from the first whistle and Boro took full advantage with an early goal.
Tony Hackworth, playing in a midfield role, directed a downward header past Mark Wilberforce following a fine left wing centre from the returning Paddy Miller to give Boro a 1-0 lead after just three minutes.
Buoyed by their goal, Funk’s men continued to enjoy the better of the opening exchanges with Brid looking uncharacteristically disjointed.
They did however give Boro a scare with just seven minutes on the clock when Athletic old boy Frank Belt was narrowly off target with a powerfully struck free-kick from 30 yards out after Josh Greening had been bundled over.
Boro then won a free-kick of their own after Nick McNamara was brought down, Ryan Blott could however only pick out the top of the Brid wall with his effort.
Blott and his strike partner Adam Lee were once again looking very lively in the final third, Lee’s first touch bordering on the sublime on a number of occasions.
It was one such deft touch on the left corner of the Brid penalty area that allowed Hackworth the space to spin and fire at goal, however his shot flew wide of Wilberforce’s far post.
Scarborough’s front two continued to link well and cause Brid problems, but Mitch Cook’s charges began to find their feet and enjoy more of the ball as the half approached the 20 minute mark.
Belt, who seemed determined to get one over on his old club, put a couple of dangerous crosses into the Boro box, before unleashing another powerful effort at Kevin Martin’s goal, this time the ball flew over the cross bar.
Boro went down the other end and applied more pressure on the Bridlington backline, but they were caught cold following a corner and Ash Allanson and Robbie Hawkes broke away, faced by just two defenders.
However, the combination of a poor final ball by Allanson and an offside flag saw Boro survive unscathed.
Hawkes was seeing plenty of the ball and beat a couple of men before unleashing a well-struck low drive that Martin couldn’t hold, before a weak clearance fell to Allanson 25 yards out and he fired narrowly over.
Allanson then limped off the pitch following a collision on the edge of the Boro box, to be replaced by Joe Danby after 39 minutes.
Although Brid were enjoying a lot more possession heading towards the interval, Boro continued to look a threat on the break.
Blott skinned Billy Logan down the left flank before letting fly, his cross-cum-shot grazing the roof of the net. Wilberforce then produced a stunning reaction save to deny Boro’s number nine.
Paddy Miller got on the end of a loose ball before embarking upon a lung-bursting run down the left and picking out Blott, who’s first touch took him away from his marker, only to see the Brid stopper pull off a brilliant save from his thumping strike.
Boro went into the break with just a one-goal lead to show for a very positive first-half display.
Whatever Mitch Cook said to his players during the interval clearly had some effect as with the second period just two minutes old, Logan turned sharply and fired a thunderbolt past Martin from the edge of the box to level the scores.
A few minutes later tempers flared in the centre circle after Miller reacted to a late challenge from Nathan Cook and both players ended up with cautions.
If Funk’s men had been the better side in the first half, then the second period certainly belonged to Brid as they began to move through the gears.
Boro seemed to run out of ideas as the half wore on and started to resort to playing a lot of long balls to no real effect.
Although Blott broke clear and forced another excellent save from Wilberforce in the 74th minute, Brid were definitely looking the more likely of the two sides break the deadlock.
With nine minutes remaining, Brid did score again, Logan firing home what proved to be the game’s decisive goal from inside the six-yard box following a corner.
Boro did fashion one late chance, Hackworth dragging an effort across the face of goal from a tight angle in the 87th minute, but with that chance went the points and Brid completed a derby double over their biggest rivals.