Scarborough 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

Last updated : 08 January 2005 By Footymad Previewer
Rovers extended their unbeaten run to 12 games as the dramatic turnaround in their fortunes continued against high-flying Scarborough.

New manager Alan Lewer described it as "a fantastic result" adding: "It was a difficult game because of the bitterly cold windy conditions. We created some good chances but in the end things evened themselves up for both sides."

For Scarborough it was yet another home draw - their eighth of the season.

Rovers created some good chances especially in the early stages through man of the match Ryan Williams who was constantly in the forefront of the action.

He tested Scarborough keeper Leigh Walker twice in as many minutes and Rovers' new signing Jon Beswetherick set up a fine scoring chance with a blast across the open goal but no-one was on the spot to finish off the move.

Scarborough's Keith Gilroy was in fine form, repeatedly going close but it was the Seasiders' Paul Foot who threw away a golden chance just before the break when he failed to connect with an easy chance in the goalmouth from a corner.

Williams was unlucky not to put Rovers ahead immediately after the re-start with a spectacular run down the right only to shoot narrowly over the bar.

Scarborough fought back through Neil Redfearn who went inches wide from 18 yards and then two minutes later forced Forest keeper Steve Perrin to leap high to fingertip save on to the crossbar.

Williams again raised Rovers' hopes in the closing stages, while at the other end Kevin Nicholson had a chance cleared on the line.

Redfearn took two free-kicks in quick succession and after beating a wall of defenders each time, cracked scoring bids from the rebounding ball, but found keeper Perrin on top form.

Scarborough manager Nick Henry said he was disappointed that Foot had not scored from one of his two good chances but believed the wind had hampered play.

"I don't think we played as well as we could have done, probably due to the conditions," he said.