Report: Scarborough Athletic 2 Moors 2

John Lufudu scored eight minutes from time to secure a share of the points as Moors came from two goals down to a rescue a draw at Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.

The defender came off the bench to prove the hero, jinking through the home defence before firing a low finish under the keeper to complete the comeback after Glen Taylor had headed the team back into contention.

Jason Ainsley made just one change to his starting eleven as Club Captain James Curtis returned at the back in the absence of Michael Ledger, who missed out through injury.

And it was Moors who started the game the brighter against a Scarborough side who are yet to taste defeat at The Flamingo Land Stadium so far this season following their promotion last term.

Indeed, they were unlucky not to be in front on seven minutes when Rob Ramshaw cleverly played in Tom Allan just inside the area, but the loan star’s shot was deflected past the post.

On 25 minutes the game swung in The Seadogs’ favour when influential midfielder Lewis Maloney took aim from 30 yards and his sweetly struck drive dipped ferociously over Gio Bellagambi and into the net for 1-0.

More good work from Ramshaw down the right saw him turn inside and feed a low ball across for the arriving Jordan Thewlis but keeper Joe Cracknell made himself big and turned the effort wide to protect Scarborough’s lead.

It got worse for Moors nine minutes before the break when they were caught in possession inside their own final third and Kieran Glynn drove infield to feed Michael Coulson who prodded home the second goal.

Scarborough could even have had a third goal before half time when they won the ball on the halfway line and charged forward again but this time the shot from Glynn flashed across goal and wide.

Mark Anderson was introduced for the start of the second half, and he made a difference for Moors as they began to get more of a foothold in the game, the midfielder himself coming close with a dipping left-foot volley.

Ramshaw and Danny Greenfield linked-up well down the right to provide the latter with a chance to cross into the area where Tom Allan’s powerful header flew just too high.

Finn Cousin-Dawson found himself within shooting range, but his effort was blocked, as was Anderson’s follow-up before Taylor volleyed the loose ball wide from 20 yards.

However, Taylor wasn’t to be denied on 70 minutes when he leapt to meet Anderson’s right-wing corner and his looping header dropped back across goal and inside the post to provide Moors with a lifeline at 2-1.

Greenfield saw a shot pushed round the post and Reece Kendall tested Cracknell with a powerful drive from long-range as Moors set about their search for a leveller.

However, as they pressed forward, they needed a smart save from Bellagambi at the other end when substitute Ciaran McGuckin had escaped in behind the Moors defence down the left.

Lufudu’s impact from the bench was immediate and he almost equalised on 78 minutes when he ran on to a looping ball forward from Kendall, but Cracknell charged from his line to block the shot.

However, it was 2-2 four minutes later when a throw-in was aimed at substitute Jordan Preston who skilfully dragged it back into the path of Lufudu who was able to dribble into the penalty area before driving low under the keeper to level.

After that, both sides fancied their chances of snatching a late winner as the game swung from one end to the other, though it was Scarborough who came closest when the broke two on one only for Curtis to superbly stop the attack in its tracks.

Full Time: Scarborough Athletic 2 Moors 2

Scarborough Athletic: Cracknell, Jackson, Maloney, Thornton, Gooda, Coulson (McGuckin 60), Watson (Plant 87), Glynn (Tear 79), Colville, Burton, Heslop.
Subs not used: Weldji, Bramall.

Booked: Burton (72)

Moors: Bellagambi, Cousin-Dawson, Tait (Preston 81), Curtis, Kendall, Boyle, Greenfield, Ramshaw (Lufudu 60), Thewlis (Anderson 46), Allan, Taylor.
Subs: Flatters, Forbes.

Booked: Taylor (81)

Referee: Dean Watson

Attendance: 1,511

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