Boro crush Saturday League rivals

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Scarborough Athletic produced a composed performance at Silver Royd on Saturday afternoon to crush their Scarborough League rivals 7-0.

One solitary goal divided the sides in last year’s meeting, but this time out Boro’s goals and football flowed.

This wasn’t a totally one-sided affair as the Scarborough League had their chances, a handful coming in their early charge.

The best of these was in the second minute when Gary Thomas was realeased on goal, though he could only find the hands of Boro keeper Jason White.

The balance of power soon shifted as Boro moved neatly through their gears.

This resulted in the Evo-Stik League side grabbing the lead after just eight minutes.

Ryan Blott wriggled into some space on the edge of the box and he crashed the ball past the open palms of Martin Cappleman.

Things got much worse for Cappleman and the Scarborough League in the moments that followed, with the Edgehill stopper picking two more balls out of the net.

Firstly Zeph Thomas chased a throughball and rounded the keeper, rolling home from a tight angle.

Then, Cappleman failed to collect a ball into the box and Jordan Thewlis took full advantage.

It seemed as though an abacus may have been needed as Thomas thundered a drive just over the bar with Cappleman well beaten, but the deluge of openings finally began to subside.

In fact, the Scarborough League almost trimmed the arrears when Tom Burgin’s back-pass failed to reach its destination, Ricky Greening could only toe-end the ball into the relieved hands of White.

This failed to spark a turn in the tide though, with Boro bagging their fourth of the afternoon just seconds later.

Blott released Ryan Williams with a clever pass and the winger picked out the bottom corner of the net.

The lead was then stretched to five just before the break when Thewlis poached his second after more tidy approach play from Thomas.

Scarborough League striker and former Boro man Billy Logan twice came close to breaking his duck for the afternoon in the dying embers, but he struck the sidenetting and then drove a low effort at the legs of White.

Boro boss Rudy Funk rung the changes at the break, throwing on a completely different side that was spearheaded by last season’s top-scorer Gary Bradshaw, Sam O’Malley and former Hull youngster Danny Chambers.

There was a more solidified look to the Scarborough League side after the half-time oranges, with Boro finding them a great deal tougher to pierce.

They did continue to create though, with Chris Bolder having a header brilliantly tipped over the bar and then Bradshaw sent a low volley skipping just past the post.

Bradshaw had a shot deflected over, before the striker netted Boro’s sixth after a glorious build-up.

He collected on the edge of the box, played an intricate one-two with James Bennett and then easily beat Cappleman.

Cappleman then capped an afternoon to forget in the final few minutes when he misjudged Danny White’s pass and Chambers nipped in to net the seventh and final goal of the day.

Moments like that proved that Boro had a little bit too much quality and nous for their opponents, though there were plenty of bright moments from the local lads in what was a great advert for both sides.