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Neck and Neck As Boro and Blues Battle For Play-Offs

Neck and Neck As Boro and Blues Battle For Play-Offs

Published by Yorkshire Coast Radio News at 10:24am 1st March 2020. (Updated at 11:04am 1st March 2020)

Only goal difference separates Scarborough Athletic and Whitby Town after Saturday's football action.

Both sides are battling for a BetVictor NPL Premier play-off place, but it's the Blues who hold the advantage, with six games in hand and a better goal difference than their rivals. This despite a late goal ending their five-match winning streak at the Towbar Express Stadium.

The Seasiders had led after just 55 seconds when ex-Middlesbrough marksman Brad Fewster netted, but visitors Ashton United levelled nine minutes from time to claim a 1-1 draw. 

The result leaves Chris Hardy's men ahead of Scarborough on goal difference, in seventh, with the Seadogs a place further back, though both teams are just a single point adrift of the top five.

Athletic enjoyed a comfortable win at the Flamingo Land Stadium after on-loan Harry Spratt broke the deadlock and top goalscorer James Walshaw doubled their advantage just before half-time. Another Walshaw strike, 14 minutes from time ensured Darren Kelly's side took the points, despite opponents Radcliffe grabbing a late consolation.

Bridlington Town had to come from behind to claim a 2-2 draw with Silsden, in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier. A 34th-minute penalty had put the West Yorkshire side ahead, but Brid battled back with a spot kick of their own, just after the hour, from Jake McFadyen. Silsden regained the lead, but Matt Waudby ensured Brett Agnew's reds took a share of the spoils, with a goal, four minutes from time. Brid are fifth, but just two points behind the top-three promotion positions.


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