Manic spell decisive for Clayborners as Scarborough go nap

Scarborough Athletic 5

Liversedge 1

A MANIC five-minute spell just before half-time proved costly as Liversedge slipped to a disappointing defeat at Scarborough in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division last Saturday.

The Clayborn side had caused their hosts numerous problems and the sides were locked at 1-1 after 40 minutes.

Jamie Wasley then broke through on goal and side-footed the ball past the goalkeeper to Ben Hardy but, with the goal at his mercy and time to take a touch, the striker scuffed his shot wide.

Scarborough broke upfield and Liversedge conceded a penalty but goalkeeper Lee Ashforth, making his 100th appearance for the club, produced a fine save to deny prolific striker Ryan Blott.

The crazy spell continued as Liversedge conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Chris Jenkinson ghosted in at the far post to tap home.

Things got worse for Billy Miller’s men when, on the stroke of half-time, Scarborough produced a fine move and Blott curled home a beautiful shot into the corner of the net for his 101st goal for the east coast club, which put them 3-1 ahead at half-time.

Liversedge had started the game brightly when Andy Shuttleworth fed James Hurtley, who crossed for Hardy but his shot was well saved.

Ashforth did well to deny Billy Law before Scarborough took the lead when Frank Belt’s cross was turned into his own net by defender Darryl Leach.

Liversedge then had a great spell of pressure as Shuttleworth’s fierce shot was tipped round a post before Hardy chipped the ball over a defender and fired a shot which hit the crossbar and bounced out.

Liversedge deservedly levelled after 35 minutes when Hardy beat the offside trap and raced onto a pass to drill home.

However, in the five minutes leading up to half-time the visitors pressed the self destruct button and found themselves 3-1 down.

They failed to threaten after the break and Scarborough went on to add two further goals and complete a handsome win.

Robert Medcalfe produced a lovely chip over Ashforth to make it 4-1 after 73 minutes and Medcalfe then completed the scoring with a glancing header seven minutes from full-time.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Saville, White, Larkin (Bordman 38), Leach, Hannay, Hurtley, Shuttleworth, Hardy, Wasley, Newton. Subs (not used): Hewitt, Knight.