Ten-man Boro slip to home loss

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Ten-man Scarborough Athletic slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Yorkshire rivals Goole in a battling Easter Monday encounter.

Boro grabbed an early lead, but they failed to hang on, the dismissal of Matty Plummer not helping their cause.

Boss Rudy Funk as lacking both Paul Foot and Jimmy Beadle, who both picked up injuries in the 2-0 win at Gresley just a few days earlier.

Despite the game moving off at a frenetic pace there was little action to speak of.

The first highlight produced a goal with 14 minutes on the clock. Ryan Williams floated in a corner, Plummer nodded it down and Ryan Blott nipped in to finish.

This goal should have been the catalyst for Boro, but instead they began retreating into their shells.

Liam Sheppard was forced to clear off his own line and Goole fully deserved their leveller when they grabbed it after 28 minutes.

Rory Coleman delivered a beautiful free-kick into the box and Mitch Husbands rose to head past a stranded White.

Things got worse just before the break as Plummer clumsily fell on Tyler Williams in the box, referee Matt McGrath pointed at the spot and sent the Boro man for an early bath.

James Cottingham stepped up and converted the spot-kick, leaving Boro with a mountain to climb.

They almost made the perfect start to this ascent when the second half began, Blott firing a wicked drive at goal, which was brilliantly tipped away by keeper Liam Flynn.

The lively Jordan Thewlis had a penalty shout of his own when he was clipped into the box, but instead of awarding the spot-kick the ref presented with winger with a yellow card for diving.

The tenacity of Thewlis then created a free-kick on the edge of the box, but Gary Bradshaw’s strike flew just past the upright.

Boro continued to pile the pressure on despite their lack of numbers, but the organised Goole back-line held firm.

The hosts did create the odd half chance, Bradshaw’s flicked header and a number of blocked shots, but that elusive goal, they probably deserved, just wouldn’t come.