Radcliffe Borough 2-3 Scarborough Athletic match report 17/09/16
Two goals in the space of four minutes at the end of the game was enough to give Scarborough all three points after another thriller at Taurus Park.
There was a minutes silence at the beginning of the game to honor Shaw Lane defender Danny Wilkinson who tragically lost his life earlier on this week after collapsing on the pitch.
The visitors immediately put the Boro under pressure and forced a smart double-handed save which could have easily made it one nil inside the first 30 seconds of the match.
Elliot Rokka responded for the hosts a minute later with an effort of his own from outside the box. It was neat play by Van Gils who knocked the ball back to Rokka who curled his shot just over the crossbar.
It was a competitive start by both sides with chances aplenty – with the Boro edging things slightly.
Craig Nelthorpe was pulling the strings for Scarborough and provided an excellent set-piece delivery from the right wing which defender Jameel Ible headed over from a tight angle.
Scarborough began to apply pressure just past the twenty-minute mark but despite a goal mouth scramble where Benny Igiehon looked destined to score, the tie remained level.
However, it was the Boro’s player of the month who broke the deadlock on 26 minutes. Following a long clearance from the corner striker Raul Correia chased the ball and beat the defender for pace before a dinked attempt.
Jordan Porter produced a smart save but couldn’t prevent Correia picking up the rebound and sliding it through to Rokka who made no mistake from close range to tap home into an empty net.
The Boro began to play some nice football with the front three’s pace causing major problems for the Scarbrough defence.
There were no other notable chances for the remainder of the first half as both sides pressed for a goal but neither could repeat Rokka’s moment.
HT: Radcliffe Borough 1-0 Scarborough Athletic
The visitors stormed out of the blocks in at the beginning of the second half applying some serious pressure to the Boro defence. Striker Benny Igiehon equalized five minutes into the restart with a deft flick on with his head after another brilliant inswinging delivery from a set piece.
Things didn’t get any better for the Boro as shortly after Elliot Rokka was substituted due to injury following a heavy challenge at the edge of the area by Scarborough captain Merris.
It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes of the game until the match really kicked into life with a goal flurry. First, Nelthorpe put Scarborough ahead after a defensive mix up in the Boro defence left the playmaker with an easy tap into an empty net.
Their lead didn’t last long though as Correia’s work ethic finally got him a well-deserved goal just a minute later. The striker did well to round the Scarborough defence and he was first to pounce on a loose ball from a tight angle to level things once more.
Yet despite the Boro making attempts to grab all three points it was the visitors who regained their lead. Nelthrope again provided the assist with a sublime free-kick from left wing which landed on to defender Jameel Ible’s head to power home to make the score 3-2.
The Boro did their best to push back the visitors sturdy defence and very nearly got lucky when MacDonald’s cross almost found its way in over the keepers head but Jordan Porter showed quick reflexes to tip it over the bar and seal all three points for his side.
Radcliffe Borough 2-3 Scarborough Athletic 3
This loss will not be an easy one to take for the Boro considering how well they played at times during the game. However, they should look at the positives that creating chances, unlike last season, is certainly no longer a problem. It’s still early days in the season but the signs are still showing that progress is being made with each game. It is only a matter of time before the table reflects that.
After the game manager, Bill Prendergast discussed his thoughts on the result and the games events.
He said “We played some really good football today but unfortunately we have been undone by a side who are dangerous from set pieces.
During the game, I didn’t think we defended badly, to be honest with you but we’re just unfortunate to get undone by certain things like set pieces. I thought it was a competitive game and as you can see by the injury to Elliot Rokka.
I was really pleased for Raul getting on the score sheet today, his work ethic deserves that so I am glad for the lad.
It's back to the training ground now and I am looking forward to the game on Tuesday night against Kendal Town. I think we recover quicker than other teams and I think you'll see that on Tuesday night because our fitness levels are fantastic. “