Boro sign off with defeat

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Scarborough Athletic finished their Evo-Stik South campaign with a whimper as they lost 2-1 at Loughborough Dynamo.

After falling two goals behind, Boro finally showed a glimmer of what they are capable, but unfortunately it was too little too late.

The game moved away at a snail’s pace in the Leicestershire sun, truely giving off the feel of a late season fixture.

Boro keeper Jason White had his palms stung early on, but it was the visitors who soon started creating chances.

Andy Milne had a Ryan Williams cross plucked off his head by Alex Pycock, then enormous home skipper Jake Betts sliced a driven Jordan Thewlis ball just over his bar.

From the resulting corner, Thewlis collected on the edge of his area, his strike was scuffed off the line by Matt Langham.

Loughborough broke quickly and the pacy Luke Smithson stroked the ball just wide of White’s post after cutting in from the right.

White was at his best minutes later when he made a tremendous one-handed save to push away Langham’s strike from distance.

The tide of play had altered by this point and it came as no shock when Loughborough netted with just four minutes of the half remaining.

Smithson’s speed freed him up on the right. He jigged his way inside and finished neatly past White.

Rudy Funk changed things at the break, bringing on Mike Atkinson for Liam Shepherd, who’d had a torrid time in the first half against Smithson.

The tempo of the game remained the same, though there were a few neat passages of play to whet the appetite of the 202 fans.

Smithson was again given the chance to stretch his legs on a foray to the left side of the pitch, but White was equal to his angled effort at goal.

It was the dangerous Smithson who played a hefty part in Loughborough’s second with 23 minutes to go.

His dancing run was brought to an end on the edge of the box. Nathan Watson turned neatly on the free-kick six yards from goal and stabbed home.

Boro were stung back into action by this, with Matty Plummer dragging a shot just wide and Pycock grasping a Thewlis strike.

They finally hauled themselves back into the fixture with a handful of minutes left on the clock. Plummer was picked out by a free-kick into the box and he calmly rolled home.

Boro continued to press, roared on by their travelling support, but sadly there was no second breakthrough to finish the season in style.