Last-gasp Lamplough books Boro a point

Joe Lamplough's last-minute penalty earned Scarborough Athletic a superb Easter Monday point on the road at Evo-Stik title contenders Spennymoor.

Lamplough's spot-kick completed a magnificent fight-back from a Boro side, who looked absolutely dead and buried when the teams escaped the cold to dig into their half-time oranges.

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That half-time predicament would have surely led to defeat just a few months ago, but now Boro look a completely different beast.

And, during a thrilling climax, they were richly rewarded by some fine support from the visiting fans, who made the trip north.

Those moments were a long chalk from what turned out to be a disastrous start to the game, as Boro found themselves pinned back.

Spennymoor's pressure told after just six minutes when Rory Skelton spilled a through ball under pressure. David Dowson's shot struck Tom McNamee on the line and after consultation with the linesman, the referee pointed at the spot.

Joe Tait made no mistake with his penalty, but Boro were fortunately not punished further by the referee, as McNamee escaped without a card of any kind.

Things could have got much worse as a towering Spennymoor side maintained their levels.

Skelton saved well from Mark Anderson, then Ian Watson smashed just over the bar when well placed.

A second was always on the cards though and it came after 21 minutes when Boro shut down in the middle of the park, Mark Stephenson galloped clear to roll under Skelton.

More pain followed for the visitors, with skipper Matty Bloor pulling up on the left and he was forced to leave the field to be replaced by Eddy Birch.

Despite these early hammer blows, Boro still showed some fight in the final moments of the half and Ryan Blott should probably have trimmed back the lead, but he planted his free header wide of the target.

Skelton continued to keep Boro in with a shout at the start of the second half. He had to be at his best to save from Dowson, who was denied when through on his goal.

A small tweak to the system led to the belief slowly creeping back into Boro's play, and before long the high-flying hosts found themselves on the back foot.

Blott had another opportunity when he hit a volley from six yards that seemed destined for the back of the net. But it was somehow saved by Dan Lowson's backside.

Boro threw on Lamplough and attacker Jamie Forrester on the hour, both would have a say in the closing stages.

In fact it took Forrester just four minutes to make his impact.

His ball in from the left was diverted into the far corner of the net by the leg of a defender to start Boro on their path to parity.

Spennymoor still had some fire in their bellies and they could have put the game to bed with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Liam Henderson charged in on goal and angled a shot across Skelton, which the keeper kept out with a fine one-handed save.

Buoyed by this, Boro gritted their teeth and went for it in the final minutes.

Paul Robson's cut-back from the by-line rolled across an open goal and then Forrester's low drive was tipped away by Lowson.

It looked as though Spennymoor had held out when the game moved into injury-time, but Boro won a free-kick 35 yards from goal.

The set-piece flew straight into the wall, but Jamie Price hooked it back in and it caught the arm of Kallum Griffiths.

The referee immediately pointed to the spot and penalty expert Lamplough showed no nerves when firing it into the top corner of the net.