THE Scarborough and District Saturday League Representative XI put in a below-par performance and suffered a convincing 3-0 defeat against their York League rivals at Bootham Crescent last night.
Scarborough were forced into changes after Jack Hakings and Stu Dickens withdrew from the squad, with Filey Town’s James Jenkinson and Edgehill’s Lalan Flynn their last-minute replacements.
Jenkinson was called into action after just 17 minutes when West Pier centre-back Steve Sheader was forced off with a back injury.
This seemed to unsettle Scarborough, who had looked reasonably solid at the back until Sheader’s departure.
Neil Thomas had the Scarborough side’s first chance after half an hour as the teams struggled to create goalscoring opportunities - a last ditch tackle just stopped him pulling the trigger when well set.
York’s left winger Danny Fogg was causing problems for Scarborough, despite a solid showing from Snainton full-back Leigh Watson, and when he drifted past Jenkinson and crossed well to the back post, the away side could only half clear and York skipper Neale Holmes headed in.
It was clear changes needed to be made by bosses Kev David and Alec Coulson, and the away side switched to a 3-5-2 formation at the interval.
But while Mark Barber started to enjoy a little more possession in the middle of the park, Scarborough still lacked any real cutting edge.
West Pier pair Tommy Barker and Gary Thomas were introduced and left winger Barker injected some much-needed urgency into Scarborough’s play, but York always looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
Their lead was doubled on the hour mark when striker James Edmonds swivelled superbly on the edge of the box and let fly with a stunning strike that flew into the top corner.
Scarborough fell 3-0 behind just seven minutes later when a neat passing move found skipper Holmes just inside the area and his cute dink found a deflection and left keeper Jamie Haxby with no chance.
There was still time for York to spurn the chance to make it 4-0 when they saw a penalty, that was given after a Gary Thomas hand-ball, strike the crossbar. But York had done more than enough to seal a deserved 3-0 success.
l Scarborough: Haxby (Hyde), Watson, Sheader (J.Jenkinson), Blake (Manson), Cooper (G.Thomas), Greening, Barber, Craig, Roberts (Flynn) N.Thomas (Barker)