Boro edge thriller at Radcliffe

Boro report
Boro report

Scarborough Athletic edged a thriller at Radcliffe Borough by a 3-2 scoreline to continue their ascent of the Evo-Stik North table.

Having gone in behind at the break, Boro gritted their teeth after the interval to cling on for a superb win.

Boro's Carl Stewart gets stuck into the Radcliffe defence

Boro's Carl Stewart gets stuck into the Radcliffe defence

The game kicked off after a minute's silence for former Boro man Danny Wilkinson, who sadly passed away in midweek while playing for Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

After a lively start by Boro, things soon settled into a pattern, as Steve Kittrick's men struggled against the incisive passing of the hosts and the fact that they were playing up a mountainous slope.

Striker Raul Corriea dragged an effort wide in the early stages and was almost gifted the first goal of the day, though he failed to take advantage of an error by defender Ellis Humble.

Boro broke the template for a short while after this, as Carl Stewart had a lob grasped by the keeper, then Jameel Ible rose delightfully to meet a corner, but he angled his header over.

Radcliffe refound their passing flow following this interlude, though when they did finally make the breakthrough on the half-hour, it came from a more direct route.

The Boro defence were caught out by a long ball over the top. Jordan Porter saved superbly from Corriea, but the rebound fell to the feet of Elliott Rokka, who made no mistake.

It became a case of seeing out the rest of the first period and pushing on after the break, a feat Boro achieved, though Radcliffe continued to cause a number of issues.

The new half began in a completely different fashion, with Boro immediately taking advantage of the hill.

Equilibrium was restored with five minutes played, with Boro using a familiar formula.

Adam Bolder delivered a wicked set-piece into the box and Benny Igiehon flicked neatly into the back of the net.

There was a short lull in the proceedings after this, before a flurry of goals and a grandstand finish.

Firstly Boro took the lead when Craig Nelthorpe took advantage of a mistake at the back and he rolled into the open net, making it 2-1.

But seconds later, a huge mix-up between keeper Jordan Porter and his Boro defenders allowed Corriea in to poke home and level.

With time ticking on towards the final whistle, a fine delivery from Nelthorpe picked out Jameel Ible at the far post and he found the top corner.

The nerves were still jangling in the dying embers, as Radcliffe began their last-ditch assault. Boro only just held their nerve in the seven added minutes, but they did manage to grab another vital three-point haul.