Boro interview, slideshow & report from the win at Barton

Scarborough Athletic kicked off their pre-season preparatory work with a comfortable 2-1 victory at Barton Town on Thursday night.

Goals from Chris Bolder and James Bennett made the difference, as a new-look Boro impressed at the Euronics Stadium.

Boss Rudy Funk fielded two different teams for each 45 minutes of football, with first-half debuts being handed to keeper Cory Hadfield, defender Tom Burgin and industrious midfielder Kieran McCaffrey, while Jimmy Ghaichem returned to a Boro shirt.

Former Hull man Hadfield had to be at his best in the opening moments as he made a fine double save to deny former Athletic attacker Scott Phillips.

Phillips did manage to beat the Boro stopper minutes later, but his measured chip sailed just past the post.

Boro’s first opportunity of the game fell to Sam O’Malley after some dogged attacking play from Ryan Williams, but the former Grimsby man saw his shot deflected wide.

Funk’s men made the breakthrough in the latter stages of the first half, when Chris Bolder rose majestically to nod past a stranded keeper.

Williams could have doubled the lead, but his shot was grasped. Then, right on the whistle, Joel Sutton cut through the Boro defence, but his shot struck the post.

Boro rung the changes at the break, with new boys Paul Robson, Steve Burton and Zeph Thomas all coming on, alongside a number of more familiar faces.

Barton’s Scarborough-based striker Ryan Cooper almost levelled things up when his low shot hit the foot of the post.

Boro soon began to grab control though and they made it 2-0 on the hour.

James Bennett spotted a gap beyond the wall when Boro won a free-kick and the midfielder rolled neatly home.

The pacy Jordan Thewlis hooked a good chance over the Barton half, then at the other end, Cooper fired into the side-netting.

Barton managed to reduce the arrears in the final minute when Gareth Owen took advantage of a defensive mix-up, but Boro had easily done enough to seal the victory.

First half team: Hadfield, Middleton, Ridley, Burgin, Plummer, McCaffrey, Williams, Bolder, O’Malley, Brashaw, Ghaichem.

Second half team: Skelton, Burton, Lamplough, Foot, Robson, Bennett, Thewlis, Beadle, Atkinson, Blott, Thomas.