Shoot-out success for Boro

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Scarborough Athletic hit back to steal a penalty shoot-out success in the first round of the Doodson Sports Cup, knocking Brigg Town out in the process.

Keeper Rory Skelton was the shoot-out hero as he turned away a pair of spot-kicks to guarantee a home tie against Farsley in the second round.

Boro looked to be dead and buried as the game crept into second-half injury-time, but Nathan Evans first goal for the club and a series of cool heads made the difference.

Boro’s pack was firmly shuffled before the tie. Youngster Skelton took his place between the sticks behind a team of players returning from injury or those on the fringes of league action.

The game, in front of a crowd of just 123, moved away in uninspiring fashion.

The lack of match practice was evident as Boro looked slugging against a similarly quiet Brigg.

Brigg had pace on their side, as Dan Kingsley and former Boro man Joe Lightowler tested the Boro back three of Steve Burton, Paul Foot and Ben Middleton.

Boro’s first chance fell to Ryan Williams, but his stinging drive nestled in the sidenetting.

On-loan attacker Evans was the next to step up, his shot was tipped to safety by keeper Rob Zand.

Brigg’s best two chances of the first half fell to wideman Conner Southern, who could have trotted off at the break with a double.

He rose unchallenged in the area, but somehow managed to nod an effort over the bar with Skelton beaten.

Skelton could only look on in horror for a second time soon after when Southern broke free and lobbed goalwards. Fortunately for Boro the ball struck the post and bounced clear.

There was little or nothing to inspire at the start of the second half as well, Boro possibly shading it through the passing of James Bennett and Bryan Hughes.

So it was something as a stunner when Brigg caught Boro on the counter and took the lead.

Kingsley’s pace allowed him a seccond or two of space in the box. His shot was saved, but Lightowler popped up to slip the ball home.

Boro tried to up their play, but their was little joy on the attacking front.

Hughes drove high and wide, before boss Rudy Funk threw on Jimmy Beadle, Pete Davidson and Gary Bradshaw.

Boro immediately improved with Williams whipping in a cross and Sam O’Malley flicking a header just wide.

It seemed as though Boro’s Doodson campaign would be over when Bradshaw’s curling effort finished inches away from the angle of corner and bar.

But, with a minute of injury-time played, Boro grabbed that all-important leveller.

Evans looked to have been forced too far away from goal, but he jinked neatly inside and lifted an effort across the keeper and into the top corner.

That booked a shoot-out showdown to decide the clash, the whole thing starting badly for Boro when Danny Buttle stroked Brigg ahead and Pete Davidson smashed his kick against the bar.

Skelton produced his first save to deny Elliott Broughton and Beadle levelled the shoot-out with a calm finish.

Keeper Skelton then saved well from former Boro man Anthony Bowsley, Evans crashed in off the post to make it 2-1 and Tim Taylor’s kick struck the bar, leaving it up to Williams to finish the job.

The veteran winger kept his cool and slotted neatly home to book the victory and the path through to play Farsley in the next round.