The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Will Baines

SCAR­BOR­OUGH leapfrogged Bas­ford in the top half of the ta­ble with this con­vinc­ing vic­tory.

The opener was scored by Boro’s cen­tral de­fender and man of the match Bai­ley Gooda on 26 min­utes. A deep cor­ner from Michael Coul­son was pushed away by the Bas­ford keeper, only for Gooda to con­trol and drive home.

The vis­i­tors’ day then got worse as they were forced to make two sub­sti­tu­tions be­fore the in­ter­val.

Five min­utes into the sec­ond half the home side dou­bled their lead. Ex­cel­lent work down the right by Nathan Valen­tine re­sulted in his cross be­ing met by Coul­son’s loop­ing header that nes­tled in the far cor­ner.

Scar­bor­ough should have re­ally seen the game off in the 15 min­utes fol­low­ing the goal, with Brooksby and Coul­son both miss­ing good chances.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing the vis­i­tors pulled a goal back on a rare counter. Liam Bate­man broke away from the de­fence and put in a su­perb cross to the far post where Nat Wat­son was on hand to fin­ish.

How­ever, within three min­utes the hosts re­gained their two-goal ad­van­tage.

James Walshaw was up­ended in the box and Coul­son stepped up to score the penalty and seal the points for the Seadogs.

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