Scarborough Athletic lose 1-0 at home to high-flying Lancaster

Scarborough Athletic slipped to their third successive league loss at home to Lancaster City, edged out 1-0 despite creating a string of scoring opportunities.

Saturday, 16th November 2019, 5:04 pm
Boro report

The home side had the first clear chance, skipper Michael Coulson setting up Conor Thomson, but the latter's effort was fired straight at City keeper Sam Ashton.

There followed a scrappy period where neither team could claim the upper hand, until Ashton pulled off a superb treble save to keep the hosts out.

The gloveman palmed away Coulson's low free-kick and then denied midfielders Chris Dawson and Pete Davidson.

Coulson then had another chance, but his header sailed over the crossbar on 25 minutes.

Seven minutes later Coulson's shot was spilled by keeper Ashton, and Dawson's rebound was scooped out for a throw-in.

The pressure then continued from Boro as Dawson should have put them ahead, played in by Walker, the midfielder had only the keeper to beat but smashed his shot into the side-netting.

On 39 minutes, Thomson's shot looked goalbound with the keeper beaten, but it took a deflection, hit the post and rolled out of play.

Five minutes into the second period, Brooksby surged into the City penalty area but his shot hit the side-netting, despite most of the 1,057 crowd having started their celebrations.

Just before the hour mark, City had a rare attack and took the lead as Tommy Taylor couldn't hold Rodney's low shot and Robert Wilson broke the deadlock from a yard.

Three minutes later and another astounding save from City keeper Ashton kept out James Walshaw's free-kick, which was heading into the top corner before Ashton palmed it brilliantly away.

In the 69th minute Ashton continued his heroics, saving a Walshaw volley onto the post.

Boro continued to pile on the pressure but they failed to find a leveller and injury-time Dawson was given his marching orders for a second caution to add to the home side's woes as they slipped to another league loss.