Veterans edged out by Dormans

Scarborough Veterans who lost out against Dormans
Scarborough Veterans who lost out against Dormans

Scarborough Veterans slipped out of the North Riding Cup on Saturday when they suffered a damp 4-3 defeat at the hands of Dormans Athletic.

The Scarborough team had the best of the game in torrential rain at Graham School, but errors cost them dear.

The first of these mistakes occurred in the opening few moments of a lively match, when a free-kick was delivered in from the left and it sailed into the net beyond a stranded Dean Hardie.

Play soon switched to the other end and Paul Nock drilled his strike just wide of the target.

In the moments that followed, the floodgates opened on the pitch and off it, as it siled down with rain and Dormans stretched their lead to three, both goals resulting from hopeful balls into the Scarborough box.

Scarborough did grab some joy before the break, as referee Steve Rowntree spotted a handball in the Dormans’ box and Mitch Cook converted his spot-kick.

With seconds of the half remaining, Ray Thorpe cut in from the left and lobbed just wide, then Joe Hakings planted his header back over the bar.

The sun finally emerged in the second half and this seemed to provide the hosts with the boosts they needed.

Scarborough Athletic assistant-manager Denny Ingram delivered a delightful ball to the far post and Paddy Mancrief rose to nod home the second.

Scarborough should have levelled the game up, but that vital finishing touch just seemed to be missing.

Cook swirled a free-kick just past the post, Steve French fired wide and the rampaging Dougie McGregor was brilliantly denied when sent through on goal.

Another Cook strike from distance was tipped over the bar as the Scarborough lads looked to turn the screw.

As the match wore on though Dormans began to press forward themselves, with pace in attack causing the back three of Ingram, Shaun Mancrief and Geoff Bowman the odd issue.

Hardie was forced to make a double save to keep Scarborough in it, but soon after, his error all-but killed things off.

The keeper missed a kick on the edge of the box, allowing a Dormans striker the opportunity to roll home.

Scarborough did trim the lead and grab a consolation when Cook smashed home his secnd penalty, but it turned out to be too little too late.

Scarborough: Dean Hardie, Andy Spivey (Shaun Mancrief), Geoff Bowman, Denny Ingram, Mitch Cook, Joe Hakings, Paddy Mancrief, Ray Thorpe, Paul Nock (Steve French), Dave Bowman (Dougie McGregor), Dave Crawford.