High-fly­ing Boro sit­ting on top of the ta­ble

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - By Martin Dowey Martin.dowey@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Mj­dowey

Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic have opened up an im­pres­sive gap at the top of the EvoStik Premier ta­ble, af­ter a hard-fought win at Gains­bor­ough.

Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic pro­duced a tremen­dous per­for­mance on Tues­day night to clinch a 1-0 win on the road at pro­mo­tion ri­vals Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity.

The re­sult not only kept Boro clear at the top of the ta­ble, but also sent a mes­sage out to the di­vi­sion’s chas­ing pack.

With­out dom­i­nant de­fender Kev Burgess, Boro made a slow start, as Gains­bor­ough tested keeper Tommy Tay­lor with a hand­ful of early shots from dis­tance.

The hosts con­tin­ued to look sharp, but Boro be­gan to creep their way fur­ther up the field as the min­utes ticked on in the open­ing pe­riod.

Eng­land Un­der-17 keeper Mar­cus De­whurst, mak­ing his de­but for Trin­ity, was un­trou­bled un­til the quick feet of Michael Coul­son freed up James Wal­shaw on the half hour.

Boro’s top scorer let go with a sting­ing drive, but it was met by an im­pres­sive save from De­whurst, who man­aged to palm the ball to safety.

There was lit­tle more ac­tion un­til Boro keeper Tommy Tay­lor made an ex­cel­lent dou­ble save just be­fore the hour.

He firstly pushed a Jon Mar­getts ef­fort just past the toe of Ross Han­nah. Then, once Han­nah had re­trieved the ball, Tay­lor was on hand to grasp his drive.

Play soon switched to the other end and the poach­ing abil­ity of Wal­shaw edged Boro into the lead.

Dave Mer­ris’ floated ball into the box was looped bril­liantly home by the front­man to reg­is­ter his 13th goal of the sea­son.

Wal­shaw could have dou­bled his tally for the night 10 min­utes later when he wrig­gled free for a sec­ond time, but on this oc­ca­sions he lofted just wide with the keeper grasp­ing at fresh air.

Gains­bor­ough, boosted by a cou­ple of pairs of fresh legs, eased Boro back to­wards their own penalty area in the fi­nal min­utes.

With nerves in tat­ters and nails well bit­ten, Boro hung on bril­liantly to se­cure a mag­nif­i­cent win that ended Gains­bor­ough’s un­beaten stint at home this sea­son.

Bai­ley Gooda launches the ball clear against Gains­bor­ough Pic­tures by John Rud­kin

Matty Dixon bat­tles for the ball in the 1-0 win at Gains­bor­ough

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