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By Matt Lawton
October 21 2006

A tremendously hard-working second half performance saw ten-man RMI grab a point from their encounter with basement side Scarborough, though in all fairness the home side had enough chances in the second period to have won all three points in a stormy Hilton Park. A tremendously hard-working second half performance saw ten-man RMI grab a point from their encounter with basement side Scarborough, though in all fairness the home side had enough chances in the second period to have won all three points in a stormy Hilton Park.

Whilst RMI had been without a game since losing 2-0 at Worksop a fortnight ago, Scarborough were in FA Cup action during that period, eventually winning a replay against Ossett Albion on Tuesday evening to see them snatch a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round, though their midweek exertions certainly werenít evident early on as the visitors dominated the opening proceedings.

Although former Bury defender Lee Unsworth joined the club in midweek, he started the game in the centre of midfield with Mark Maddox and Gavin Lee-Ellison the preferred partnership in the centre of defence, whilst RMI boss Stuart Humphreys was boosted with the return from injury of influential left back Andy Roscoe.

Despite struggling with the early pressure that Scarborough enjoyed, RMI started to get back in to the game, with a terrific Dan Owen through ball putting Chris Simm in the clear, allowing the RMI striker to put his side in to a twenty-sixth minute lead with a cool left-footed strike.

RMI were now getting a foothold in the game and couldíve doubled their lead almost immediately afterwards when some great work from Simm on the left hand side created a chance for Owen, only for his strike partnerís diving header to be directed straight in to the grateful hands of the Scarborough goalkeeper.

After previously being booked for a fairly innocuous challenge, RMI hero Simm became the villain of the piece when he received his marching orders after thirty five minutes for a two-footed lunge that on another day could well have merited a straight red card, rather than a second booking.

All of a sudden, Scarborough started to capitalise on their numerical advantage, and they equalised on the stroke of half time when a looping header from former Leeds striker Tony Hackworth deceived RMI goalkeeper John Lamb and bounced in to the goal.

The second half began in complete contrast to the first as RMI, despite being a man short, looked to regain their lead early on, forcing a couple of corners in quick succession that resulted in Gavin Lee-Ellison almost putting RMI back in front, only to be denied by a terrific diving save from the Seadogs goalkeeper.

As the heavy rain started to pour, RMI somehow managed to fail to regain their lead as both Dan Owen and substitute Adam Girdlestone both missed gilt-edged opportunities in front of goal.

As the end of the game drew nearer, there were a few edgy moments in the RMI goalmouth as Scarborough started to win set-pieces around the penalty area, only for John Lamb to come to RMIís rescue and ensure that the home side got a deserved spare of the spoils.

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