Win over seasiders is a boost for title hopes

Halifax 4

Scarborough 3

Halifax’s men continued their good run against promotion rivals Scarborough with a hard fought win that keeps them top of Yorkshire Two with three games to play.

If they can get a good result against second-placed Leeds tomorrow, promotion as champions is a real possibility.

Halifax utilised their passing game to try to outplay a route one Scarborough, who were always dangerous with quick skilful forwards.

Halifax took the lead after 15 minutes when Jake Balmforth saw a goalward shot stopped illegally by a defender. Balmforth scored from the the resultant penalty.

Scarborough struck back quickly when a mishit shot somehow beat the Halifax defence and ‘keeper Metcalfe, the ball bobbling into the goal.

Halifax were having the majority of possession with Tom Love, Peter Bamforth, Josh Sutcliffe, Matthew Bairstow and Matthew Graham all playing well and after another good attacking move, Josh Foreman set up Balmforth for his second goal.

Sloppy play allowed Scarborough an equaliser just before half time, a shame for a defence which was looking solid.

Sutcliffe got Halifax back in front with a good solo goal, the Scarborough defence backing off and allowing the skilful teenager the space to show his skills.

For a third time Scarborough equalised with a well worked goal from a quick counter.

Halifax were not to be denied and the winner was the pick of the goals.

Simon Arch, excellent at left back, and Bairstow saw the run of star striker Graham, who took the ball at pace to beat his marker before calmly slotting home.

The last 10 minutes were a little nervy as Scarborough tried to salvage a point but Michael Jones, Dave Wheatley and Leigh Walker held firm in defence and Ryan Dransfield worked tirelessly to deny Scarborough space.