Scarborough Athletic earn draw at Parkgate

ON TARGET ... Paddy Miller
ON TARGET ... Paddy Miller

Scarborough Athletic picked up a battling point on the road at Parkgate last night but manager Rudy Funk was far from satisfied with the result.

Boro made the worst possible start, falling behind after just 30 seconds.

FRUSTRATED ... Boro boss Rudy Funk

FRUSTRATED ... Boro boss Rudy Funk

A swift Parkgate move led to Nathan Swindells tapping home at the far post.

Boro showed their fighting qualities though and hit back after seven minutes. Paddy Miller rose highest to head a Jimmy Ghaichem corner in off the post.

Boro continued to press after this with Ryan Blott curling wide and both Curtis Bernard and Ghaichem were denied by home keeper Jamie Bailey.

The pace of Parkgate did cause a threat or two as Miller had to hook the ball off the line. Keeper Kevin Martin also tipped over a Will Senior header after slipping in the build-up.

The dying embers of the first half saw a Boro resurgence as Blott’s free-kick was saved and Bill Law’s header was hooked away to safety.

The end-to-end action continued after the interval, though it was Boro who were creating the better chances.

The best of these followed a Blott shot being saved. Joe Naylor’s rebound and Bernard’s close-range effort were both hacked clear.

There were still a few shaky moments though.

Miller superbly cleared away when Tony Hackworth and Martin went for the same ball. The chances were soon frozen out though in the brisk South Yorkshire air and Boro had to settle for a point.

A frustrated Funk reflected after the game: “The game was end-to-end, there was some great football by both sides but I am hugely disappointed.

“Coming into this game we have been making the right decisions, but I believe the reason that we have only got a point tonight is because we made the wrong decisions.

“I accept that strikers will miss chances, but when the ball has been coming into the 18-yard box we have made so many wrong decisions that it has cost us.

“Nobody can question the performance or the commitment tonight, but we have made things too complicated and the more you complicate the game the harder it comes back at you.

“With the personnel we have in our group we should be doing better than we have done here.”

Assistant-manager Darren France added: “All season we have created chances and got on the end of things, but tonight we have missed chances that should really be going in.

“Nine times out of 10 we would be putting those chances away and we should be coming away with three points.”

Boro: Martin 7, Winters 6 (Ingram 79), Miller 8, Kemp 7, Hackworth 7, Law 5 (Hewitt 60, 5), Hepples 7, Naylor 7, Blott 7, Bernard 7, Ghaichem 6.