Impressive Boro beat Harrogate Town



Scarborough Athletic put in another impressive preseason performance, this time winning away at National League side Harrogate Town.



As they have throughout their preseason games, Boro started the better side. In the opening minutes Michael Coulson found a way round the back of the Town defence on the right hand side before squaring for James Walshaw whose shot was blocked. Then moments later Nathan Valentine broke free in the box but his low shot was saved by the legs of Town goalkeeper, Joe Cracknell.


It didn't take long for Harrogate to find their way, as they showed glimpses of their pace and movement that helped them on their way to promotion last season. However, they didn't create anything of particular note with the excellent back line for Boro keeping them at bay.


Throughout the opening half hour Coulson's movement and running with the ball was causing problems for the Town defence and it was no surprise that the forward was involved in the opening goal. He again found joy getting in behind the defence down the right, this time teeing up Nathan Valentine who swept home and maintained Boro's record of scoring in all their preseason games so far.


However just four minutes later Town were level. A low drive at goal by winger George Thomson was turned in from close range by Aaron Williams.



Town nearly took the lead on the stroke of half time, but were thwarted by two excellent pieces of goalkeeping by Tommy Taylor. First Town's stand out man in the first half, Jack Muldoon, had a deflected shot tipped round the post and then Thomson ended a great passing move with a shot headed for the top corner that Taylor touched over the bar.


In what has become a common theme in the games played so far, Boro scored within a few minutes of the restart. Dave Merris, playing against his former club, played a ball down the left that Coulson beat the defender to. Walshaw then linked up to take the ball towards goal and finish expertly into the far corner.



As the second half progressed both sides continued to create chances. Dominic Knowles found himself clear for Town only for Taylor to make another good save. Then a driving run by James Cadman from the half way line to the edge of the box saw him try to pick a pass to Coulson when the Boro fans were hoping he was about to pull the trigger himself.


Will Annan, who enjoyed a superb second half on the left, used his composure to start a flowing move for Boro that saw every attacking player involved. It ended with Coulson striking a superb 20-yard effort on goal that Cracknell somehow tipped wide for a corner.


The result was thoroughly deserved and manager Steve Kittrick was delighted with his team's performance, "We have got a lot out of tonight. We've been compact, we've done the right things and we've scored a couple of good goals. Every player has done well. I think if anyone neutral had come in they wouldn't have known who was the National League side and who was the Evo-Stik Premier side".


Boro now face Leeds United U23s on Saturday at the Flamingo Land Stadium, as they enter the second half of their preseason schedule. Supporters are reminded that kick off is at 2.30pm.



Photos: Matt Kirkham (@TownPix)

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