Boro battle back for friendly draw against Spennymoor



Scarborough Athletic played out a well contested 2-2 draw against their opponents from the division above in their second pre-season outing. On a red hot afternoon, Boro started the game with 7 players making their Flamingo Land Stadium debuts.



It had a friendly feel about it in the early stages, both teams starting slowly with only a long range shot from each being anything of note in the opening 20 minutes.


The deadlock was eventually broken by the visitors in the 21st minute. Shane Henrey picked up the ball in the centre circle and played a neat ball through the Boro defence to Rob Ramshaw. The forward expertly lobbed the helpless Tommy Taylor to score and give Moors the lead.


The goal appeared to lift Spennymoor and they soon doubled their lead. Persistent work down the left by Stephen Brogan resulted in his cross being laid off by Ryan Hall for striker Glen Taylor to lash home from 18 yards on 30 minutes.


Boro went on to have the better chances during the final 15 minutes of the half. First a counter attack saw Michael Coulson release Will Annan on the left before the winger cut inside and had his curling shot tipped over the bar. And then just a minute later, full back Josh Lacey saw his effort again tipped over by the visiting keeper.


After the interval Boro continued to press and within a minute of the restart they pulled a goal back. Wayne Brooksby put in a cross to the far post where Annan was on hand to turn in.



Boro continued to do well and were rewarded with an equaliser on the hour mark. Last season's top scorer Coulson scored his second direct free-kick in two games, this one being a superb effort into the top corner from 25 yards.


The final half hour didn't provide much in the way of goal mouth action. A combination of the heat and several substitutions by both sides probably played a part, but Boro can be pleased with their efforts and the scoreline.


Next up Boro are away to Bridlington Town on Tuesday night in the Dave Holland Memorial Trophy, before returning to the Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday against FC United of Manchester.


Boro: Taylor, Lacey, Merris, Dixon (Valentine), Burgess (Gooda), Killock, Brooksby (Bowman), Scott (Beadle), Walshaw (Jowett), Coulson, Annan (Cadman)


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