Scarborough Athletic 2 Eastwood Town 1
An 89th-minute strike from Lewis Clarkson fired Scarborough Athletic to their first ever Evo-Stik League win in a pulsating encounter with Eastwood Town at Queensgate.
Clarkson’s late effort sealed a 2-1 victory for Rudy Funk’s men after the Seadogs had treated a bumper 437-strong crowd to a fluid footballing display.
There was little incident in a goalless first-half, Eastwood content to sit on the edge of their own penalty area and soak up the Boro pressure.
But less than 60 seconds into the second-half Malong was finally forced into serious action when Tony Hackworth got on the end of a ball over the top and burst into the visitors’ box before hitting a shot which Malong pushed back to him before producing an even better reflext stop from the rebound.
Five minutes later the game burst into life when Eastwood’s left-back Paul Riley conceded a penalty following a wreckless lunge on Ryan Blott. Gary Bradshaw stepped up to calmly send Malong the wrong way.
It was almost 2-0 immediately when Bradshaw struck the inside of the post after linking up impressively with Hackworth.
A moment of madness then saw Riley commit another crude foul to earn himself his second booking in five minutes and an early bath, before Blott struck the woodwork for the hosts.
The ten men netted an unlikely equaliser in the 59th minute, as Rich Whyman, who put in an impressive shift in the heart of the Eastwood midfield, rose highest at the back post following a corner from the right wing and his effort was diverted home via the woodwork by Kieran Wells.
Eastwood actually looked more of a threat after they went down to ten men in the game’s most competitive period, although Clarkson and Chris Bolder both saw chances go close for the hosts.
Tris Whitman’s 77th-minute piledriver was well saved by home keeper Jason White, but the winner arrived when neat footwork on the edge of the Eastwood area by Bradshaw created a shooting opportunity for Clarkson and his low effort squirmed past Malong and into the net to deny the Badgers a hard-earned point by the seaside.
Tuesday, August 21, 2013:
Scarborough: 1 Jason White 2 Matt Plummer 3 Steve Ridley 4 Andrew Milne 5 Sam Denton 6 Peter Davidson (James Bennett 67) 7 Chris Bolder 8 Bryan Hughes (c) 9 Ryan Blott (Josh Greening 75) 10 Gary Bradshaw 11 Tony Hackworth (Lewis Clarkson 67). Subs not used: Nathan Cook, Tyler Collishaw
Eastwood: 1 Alex Malong 2 Tyrone Burton 3 Paul Riley 4 Gav Hurren (c) 5 Anthony Newton (Greg Simmons 5, Chris Shaw 60) 6 Sam Craven 7 Rich Whyman 8 Ash Robinson 9 Keiran Wells 10 Tris Whitman 11 Jevon Seaton (Ben Gowing 46). Sub not used: Russell Peel
by Rhys Howell