Scarborough produced a stiring comeback against Doncaster Rovers in the Junior Premier League. The first third of the game was an even contest with chances for both teams, but it was Doncaster who led with 3 late goals in quick succession.
The second half was all Boro with Aidan Brennan and Sammy Ionascu making big impacts. At the back Ionascu defended brilliantly and Boro were back in it when Brennan cut in from the left and bent a lovely shot into the far top corner. The tricky Adam Oliver then reduced the deficit with a powerful long range effort into the roof of the net as chances galore were created with the team really starting to gel.
It was all Boro in the last third but they just couldn’t beat the Doncaster keeper and unfortunately the side conceded on the break, Doncaster’s player of the match hitting his hat trick. Boro were not finished as Finlay Sayers Baker finished off a rebound with a delightful chip over the keeper; however it just wasn’t meant to be. A very positive performance with Gold award to Ionascu, Silver to Oliver and Bronze to Bobby Sheader.
Scarborough Athletic 2 v 2 Hessle Juniors
In their first league match of the season, Scarborough took on Hessle Juniors in an enthralling encounter. After a tight opening period, where Boro missed a host of chances, it was Hessle who took the lead. This was then followed by another from Hessle to take them into half-time 2-0 up.
No Battle No Victory echoed from the squad at half-time and the battling qualities of Boro saw them pull two goals back, with the equaliser coming just before full-time! Rio Stuttard scoring both goals for the Seadogs.
Scarborough Athletic 2 v 3 Hull Redstars
Newly promoted Scarborough welcomed last season's runners-up Hull Redstars for their opening league game of the season.
Boro started the brighter, pinning Hull back in their own half and creating a string of early chances with Harvey Bayes coming closest when his fierce shot came back off the woodwork. On 10 mins and against the run of play Boro found themselves 1-0 down when a pinpoint pass split the defence and the Hull striker rounded the advancing keeper Kyle Cass and he neatly slipping the ball into an empty net.
Hull soon doubled their lead with an identical move and outcome. Scarborough weathered the storm and fought back well but they trailed 2-0 at the break.
Boro started the second half kicking into the strong breeze and on 40 mins pulled a goal back with a fine strike from Leon Upson. Boro were now pushing hard for an equaliser but were dealt a killer blow when Hull made it 3-1 with a break away goal that all but sealed the game.
In the final moments Boro scored a consolation goal from a cool finish by Harvey Bayes from a Harley Adams cross, but the game finished with a 3-2 defeat. Scarborough should count themselves very unlucky not to grab at least a point from a very good and evenly fought game.
Scarborough Athletic 6 v 1 Pro Elite Coaching Academy
Scarborough got off to a great start by not giving Pro Elite any time on the ball and forcing mistakes. And it was Josh Dolan who set the tone by rattling the underside of the crossbar in the opening couple of minutes.
The constant pressure paid off after 15 minutes when Dolan took the ball off the defenders toes, rounded the keeper and tapped home for a deserved lead. Boro were soon two up with Aaron Dixon playing a pinpoint ball through to Dolan who calmly grabbed his second.
New signing Cameron Smith then showed great footwork to evade two tackles from the Pro Elite defenders before being brought down just inside the box. Ricki Lee Green stepped up to take the resulting penalty and smashed it into the roof of the net to make it 3-0 to Boro.
With 10 minutes of the first half to go Cameron found space on the edge of the box and fired a fierce shot into the top corner. Then, with seconds to go before half-time, Cameron turned a defender 8 yards out and tucked it into the bottom corner to send Boro into the break 5 up.
The second half continued with Boro forcing the Pro Elite playing into making mistakes. However against the run of play Pro Elite pulled a goal back with a deflected shot from a tight angle. Late in the game a fine run from Ethan Daley-Smith ended with him placing a shot under the keeper to make the final score 6-1.
Scarborough Athletic 3 v 2 Hull United Whites
It was a warm and windy Sunday afternoon at the Flamingo Land Stadium and the game was started brightly by both sides with a tense first 20 minutes with both sides having chances.
Scarborough nearly took the lead on 25 minutes when an Aidan Williams thunderbolt rattled the cross bar. He was shortly after repaid for his efforts when he quickly closed down the United Whites’ keeper and the resulting kick hit him and went into the corner of the goal, making it 1-0 to the home side at half-time.
After the break Boro seemed more on the ropes and this resulting pressure gave the away side the equaliser with a volley from the edge of the box. Equality was short lived however as Nathan Williams took matters into his own hands and took it round two United Whites’ defenders before curling the ball into the top right corner.
United Whites’ pegged Boro back shortly after and made the score 2-2, when a long ball resulted in their striker being through on goal and he took his chance with a clinical finish.
The game was looking like it could finish a draw, but then Nathan Williams was brought down in the box and a penalty was given. Williams calmly took the penalty himself and finished it making it 3-2 to the home side with seconds to go.
Tickton Warriors 2 v 3 Scarborough Athletic
In the first game of the season for both teams it was Scarborough who started well. In the first minute of the game, Jake Reeves flew down the right wing and whipped over a cross only for it to sail over the keeper and give Boro an early lead. It got better for the visitors 20 minutes later as new signing Max McNiven doubled the lead, Reeves again beating the Tickton full-back before floating over a lovely cross for McNiven to nod home.
Tickton pulled a goal back just before half time through on overhead kick from close range.
The second half started slowly for both teams and it was home side who eventually scored to bring the game all square at 2-2. A deep cross seemed to be caught by stand in keeper Jack Scarborough only for the Tickton forward to bundle the ball and keeper over the line. The referee gave the goal, much to the frustration of the Boro team.
However, with time running out man of the match Reeves was put clean through by Harrie Leighton and the forward made no mistake with his finish! Final score 3-2 to Boro!
Stand-in keeper Jack Scarborough who helped the team out at the last minute by going in goal!
Scarborough Athletic 3 v 0 Sculcoates Amateurs
Scarborough started their league season off with an emphatic 3-0 win at home to Sculcoates Amateurs. George Walmsley opened the scoring early on firing in after latching on to a Zam Deans pass. Kane Randerson Wray added a second before the break.
Jaydan Hindle scored the third and the pick of the goals hammering in a thumping volley to complete the scoring just after the break.