Borough’s solid defence turns into weak link

Borough’s once super solid defence failed again as they went down away from home, 4-1 to Askham United.

They started well but came a cropper, particularly in the second half and were well and truly beaten in the end.

Since the start of the year there has been a complete reversal in form.

Before Christmas Borough had only conceded 14 goals in 12 games.

Since then though they have leaked 15 in only four games.

“We’ve just not been solid in the middle of the back four. So from being our strong point, it’s become our weak link,” said manager John Gilford.

“If we can stop conceding soft goals, we can start winning games again,” he said.

The defeat saw Askham leapfrog Borough who slid from third to sixth.

Borough travelled without Chris Kay, Harry Whitehead and Stephen Senior, but were able to bring top scorer Oliver Wood on from the bench in the second half on his first game back after breaking his ankle.

They could not have asked for a better start after their long journey, going a goal up after only three minutes.

A cross from the right found Dean Farry at the back post and he slotted it in.

Within a couple of minutes the home side equalised through a “route one” move.

Borough struggled to cope with Askham’s centre forward who picked up the long ball and fired it home.

He went on to score a hat trick and had a hand in the fourth.

At the other end Borough failed to get the ball past the home centre back, who dominated the defence.

Despite this it was a competitive first half, although Borough conceded again on 25 minutes.

They had a corner, the centre half headed it away and the home side broke away and it was two on one as the home centre forward finished it off.

It meant that Borough, after a competitive first half went into the break 2 - 1 down due to two defensive lapses.

They tried to reorganise themselves in the second half, but failed and only managed a couple of long range shots and half-hearted headers.

Things went from bad to worse when Askham added a third as Borough failed to clear from a corner and the centre forward completed his hat trick.

Wood came on for the last 20 minutes and had a couple of chances, but could not get the ball in the net and the home side rubbed salt in the wounds with a goal right at the end.

Borough now have three home games in a row and know that they must get something from them if they are to maintain a challenge for promotion places, although even a top five finish would be an improvement for the club.