John Hobson reports;
The game got off to a slow start with neither side posing a threat, although Leicester Road got to the byline early on, but the cross was easily collected by Jacob Rabone in the Boro goal.
Shaun Wilson put a tame effort wide of the post in Boro’s first real attack before a long range effort was comfortably saved by the Leicester Road keeper. This was followed by a long period of scrappy stalemate.
The game finally burst into life in the 28th minute when the Leicester Road keeper was forced to concede a corner to keep out a shot by Brandon Beardmore. Then the home side mounted a rare break and a weak header was well wide of Rabone’s right hand post.
Ryan Knowles had a header easily saved following a free kick and Shaun Wilson headed over as Boro began to assert themselves. The visitors lost Jenson Corbett to injury before Boro took the lead two minutes later with a well-struck shot from the edge of the area by Liam Watts following a scramble in the home side’s six-yard box and a poor clearance.
Boro came out for the second half in determined mood and the home side were chasing the ball for long periods as the visitors dominated proceedings with Ryan Knowles missing a good opportunity five minutes after the break, heading wide of the far post from a couple of yards out.
The Leicester Road keeper then made a brilliant save following a Taylor free-kick, conceding a corner in the process. Taylor’s flag kick was dealt with by the home side but Boro continued to boss the game and quickly won another corner which was headed clear by a home defender.
Boro continued to threaten and a Leicester Road defender misjudged a through ball which was pounced on by Brandon Beardmore who forced the home keeper into a fantastic save. The No. 9 was through again a minute later, but he was halted by a great tackle by the home side’s No. 4 at the expense of a corner. The visitors extended their lead 18 minutes into the second period when Ryan Knowles headed home Taylor’s corner. The goal was followed by a celebratory ten man pile on behind the goal.
With 20 minutes of the second half played Rabone’s lonely vigil was ended as the home side won a corner from which he made a good save from a header at the far post. Boro broke straight away and the home keeper had to rush out of his goal to thwart the onrushing forwards.
Watts hit a shot straight at the keeper before play broke to the other end where substitute Lewis played a weak ball back to his keeper, which was intercepted by a Leicester Road player who smashed the ball against the outside of the near post. Following this let-off Boro again laid siege to the home goal with another Taylor corner enabling Shaun Wilson to bring a good save out of the home custodian.
A home defender hooked the ball off the goal line and Watts curled a shot wide of the post as the home side struggled to keep Boro at bay. A mazy run into the area from Josh Thompson caused Leicester Road more problems but the home keeper again came to the rescue with another good save. The keeper was then forced into an unorthodox save to thwart a Boro attack, kneeing the ball away some distance.
Thompson put a shot wide of the near post before Watts was denied by the Leicester Road keeper following a fine run by Wilson. Taylor Ratcliffe put a shot just wide from 25 yards out in the final action of the night as Boro, who totally dominated the second period registered a second successive win in the Midland Floodlit Youth League (East).
Boro: J. Rabone, E. Busby, S. Maton-Marshall, R. Knowles (H. Lewis 68), T. Baldwin (H. Barnwell, 88), S. Wilson, J. Corbett (L. Alcatrinei 38), J. Thompson (M. Hart 85), L. Watts, E. Taylor, B. Beardmore (T. Ratcliffe 83).