Stevenage Borough 2 Scarborough 2

Last updated : 11 October 2003 By Footymad Previewer

Stevenage twice threw away the lead against Scarborough and were left to rue poor defending as two points once again slipped away in a 2-2 draw.

After losing a certain win against Gravesend, Stevenage, again, found themselves in a similar position as never say die Scarborough fought all the way and were good value for a point which was eventually sealed just three minutes from time.

The game always appeared to be heading for a close finish after an even start in which Scarborough enjoyed the better of the chances.

Stevenage had efforts go wide from Jamie Gould and Gary Holloway, but it was Scarborough who came much closer to the opening goal as Clint Marcelle forced a good save from Stevenage keeper Lionel Perez when clean through on goal, while Mark Quayle missed what was almost an open goal following a neat cutback from Marcelle.

Stevenage took the lead, almost against the run of play, when they were handed a penalty after Jimmy Kelly's clumsy challenge on Gould and it was Tony Battersby who made no mistake from the spot as he drove the ball into the corner past keeper Leigh Walker's dive to his right hand side.

Stevenage retained their lead until half time and almost added to it just four minutes after the interval when a turn and shot from Battersby fizzed across the face of goal.

But Scarborough gave the home side a shock when, with their first effort of the half, they levelled on 53 minutes after a corner was headed against the bar by Scarborough's Mark Hotte and forced over the line by Steve Baker.

Scarborough went on to dominate the play, but they failed to make the most of their possession and the game again turned when Stevenage capitalised on a good spell by going ahead with only 12 minutes remaining.

Simon Wormull fired in a pinpoint corner and, after keeper Walker failed to collect, Gould had the easiest of headers to put Stevenage back in the lead.

But it wasn't to be a match-winning goal as Scarborough once again hit back and again it was from a corner that they found the net as Chris Senior drilled in a spectacular overhead kick across the face of goal for a deserved share of the spoils.