Stevenage 1 Scarborough 1

Last updated : 30 November 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Both sides shared the spoils in this entertaining encounter but it was hard to tell just which side was pushing for promotion and which side was just one from bottom of the Conference.

Stevenage went into the match on a run of five straight league defeats but after a bright opening which they penned back Scarborough it looked like their look was about to change.

But despite enjoying the better of the play Stevenage were to concede after just 12 minutes as the visitors found the net with their first real effort on goal.

The home defence was caught cold when a long ball following a free-kick given for offside found Neil Campbell in plenty of space in the Stevenage area and he made no mistake as he turned and fired into the right-hand corner of keeper Mark Westhead's goal.

Stevenage bounced back well from this setback and with Simon Wormull in control of midfield they started to carve out a host of chances. Richard Pacquette was on the end of their best efforts and should have done better on 26 minutes when he charged clear on goal, but fired straight at keeper Andy Woods.

Five minutes later Pacquette was through again after a pin-point Gary MacDonald throughball and this time he was to round Woods before unleashing a shot into the sidenetting.

The pressure had to tell and Stevenage finally drew level on 40 minutes when Pacquette met a long ball in from Wormull and lobbed the ball in over the advancing Woods.

Back on terms Stevenage began the second half with renewed confidence and again it was Pacquette, who was proving the biggest threat as twice with in the first ten minutes of the restart he squandered golden efforts to score.

Stevenage came closest to the elusive second on 56 minutes when Wormull let fly with a drive that cannoned back off the bar.

It was an effort that summed up Stevenage's day but it could have been worse for the home side as Scarborough's sub Olivier Brassart almost produced a winner with 13 minutes left, when he forced a great diving save to his left from the alert Stevenage keeper Westhead from a free-kick