Local sides kick off season with thrillers

Jack Vernon celebrates his goal for Scarborough Football Scholarship
Jack Vernon celebrates his goal for Scarborough Football Scholarship

Scarborough Football Scholarship and Scarborough Athletic under-19s both kicked off their Northern Alliance League campaigns with thrilling defeats.

Boro lost out to Pocklington by a 4-2 scoreline on Tuesday night, 24 hours after the Scholars’ 4-3 loss at the hands of Sherburn White Rose at Pickering Town.

Boro under-19s bosses Steve Roberts & Luke Tinker

Boro under-19s bosses Steve Roberts & Luke Tinker

In the Scholars’ first game in the league, they started on the backfoot, with Ryan Wagstaff clearing off the line, but they then hit Sherburn on the counter and took the lead.

Jack Vernon burst onto a Benny Davis throughball and chipped home.

Sherburn grabbed a fortunate leveller right on half-time, as a 30-yard free-kick hit the bar, struck a visiting player and bounced into t he net.

The Scholars reclaimed the lead after the break when the quick feet of Davis fed Macauley Lacey, who scored.

Sherburn levelled up once again, but with 10 minutes left the Scholars thought they had won it when Josh Wallace’s cross was turned home by sub Joe McDowell.

Sherburn mounted a late blitz though and two goals in a handful of minutes gave them all the points.

Boro almost took the lead at the start of their game when skipper Callum Jennings whipped in a cross and Nathan Vernon forced a point-blank save out of the keeper.

Josh Young did put Boro ahead when he outpaced the Pock defence and slotted home.

Pocklington took control after this, levelling through Jack Dunham and then taking the lead when Joe Rawcliffe converted.

They also forced a number of fine saves from Boro keeper Callum Martin.

Rawcliffe then added a third for Pocklington, giving Boro a mountain to climb in the second period.

Boro upped the tempo after the interval, with Jennings seeing a looping effort clawed away by the Pocklington keeper.

Steve Roberts and Luke Tinker’s side then fell 4-1 behind when Paddy Wintie’s shot looped up off Callum Gravestock and sailed into the net.

Jennings pulled one back, but Pock held on to make sure of the win.

The Scholars and Boro meet on Tuesday at Pocklington, 7.45pm kick off.