Arnold slip to narrow Boro defeat
THE new-look Arnold Town side under Graham Walker matched league leaders Scarborough for long periods at Eagle Valley.
But they were again left with nothing to show for their efforts as they lost 2-1 and slipped to the bottom of the league.
A lively start saw Boro' keeper Aaron Reid make an early slip to let in Jake Towlson who slid in only to see his effort go wide.
At the other end a Boro attack was thwarted by Chris Baugh, who blocked an effort superbly.
Scarborough got stronger as the half progressed with Arnold riding their luck at times. Two brilliant saves from keeper Marshall kept them in it, the woodwork came to Arnold's rescue as Denny Ingram rattled the angle from 25 yards.
Then, a great cross from the Boro right saw Paddy Miller shoot over from six yards.
Boro' took the lead on 36 minutes with a Ryan Blott effort from the edge of the area which flew past Marshall. The woodwork again saved Arnold from conceding as the half drew to a close.
Boro went further in front on 63 minutes when Blott turned and beat Leslie on the left before sending a cross to the far post where captain Tony Hackworth just managed to beat Marshall.
The introduction of Tony Law into the Eagles attack seemed to give them a better option up front and it was from Law that Arnold pulled a goal back in the 76th minute.
He released Simon Wilkinson on the left and he crossed to the far post where captain Rob Austin, completely unmarked, sent in a powerful diving header. Reid got to it, but could only help it into the net.
A tense last 15 minutes failed to see Arnold get the equaliser they deserved, a defeat that leaves them now rooted at the bottom of the table.
Arnold Town: Marshall, Baugh, Price, Hayes, Leslie, Austin, Scott-Parkin, Corrigan, Wilkinson, Towlson, Hall. Subs: Meakin, T. Law, Santos-Neto, Goodacre.