The scoreline failed to reflect the game, with Town coming close to an equaliser after Lee Tomlin put the home side ahead on the hour.

His second came deep into time added on after Town keeper Alex Smithies went upfield for a corner and Boro broke on the counter.

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Smithies : Made some decent saves and was beaten by a Tomlin sizzler for the Boro breakthrough. 6

Smith : Had his hands full against a lively home side, but stuck to his task throughout. 6

Hudson : Caught out a couple of times early on but overall a solid show from the skipper. 6

Lynch: The centre back played his part to limit opportunities for the home side. 6

Robinson : Made one or two mistakes but was fairly solid and tried to get forward too. 6

Scannell : Had a heavy workload after the loss of Vaughan, and didn’t make too much headway. 6

Hogg : Made a couple of crunching tackles on his return from a ban before injury intervened. 6

Coady : Always a willing worker in the middle but not as influential as in recent games. 6

Butterfield : Bright against old club, with his role changing after the departure of Vaughan. 7

Vaughan : Competitive without any real result before his afternoon was ended very early. 6

Wells : Lively, industrious and could well have scored for a third league game running. 8


Gobern: (for Vaughan, 23mins) 7

Peltier: (for Hogg, HT) 7

Lolley: (for Robinson, 80mins) 6