Manager Jono Greening rested Ryan Watson, Bailey Gooda, Will Thornton and Simon Heslop, while James Cadman, Dylan Cogill and Nick Hutton all started alongside Josh Barrett after his extended injury absence. written by Steve Adamson.
Whitby got off to a strong start as usual, with Brad Fewster and Jacob Hazel blocking shots and Cogill excelling with a right cross from Sony Fergus.
Ash Jackson shot in Boro’s first attack, followed by Cam Wilson’s free-kick but missed.
Former Scarborough winger Hazel shot over the Borough bar, Fewster’s 20-yard shot flew inches from him, and Harry Green shot wide after Hazel knocked the ball off the field.
Winger Josh McDonald charged into the box but was thwarted by a sharp tackle from Jackson, then Hutton shot wide of Boro.
Shortly before halftime, Michael Coulson was replaced by Kieran Glynn, who entered the field in his 50th competitive game.
Whitby was better in the first period, but the score remained at 0, and Boro upped the ball after the break, a Luke Colville shot was deflected to Wilson, who went wide, and Cudman saved a shot from goaltender Shane Bland.
Jackson played blind and he caught Hazel as he raced for a through pass, then Ryan Wheatley kicked Green into a crowded net.
Wilson’s corner headed Barrett, then Jackson’s live shot was blocked and after rebounding he landed another shot that earned a jump save from goaltender Bland. Whitby had a few chances when Marcus Giles fired straight at Whitley and Dan Rowe went over a corner from Jake Hackett.
Scarborough scholarship forward Joe Wood made his debut as Borough and Glynn and Colville turned on the style began to come out on top.
Day crossed Jackson to the far post and Colville shot wide with a free kick before Glynn sprinted through the center of the park, missing two defenders before passing the ball to Jake Day. who swept past the goalkeeper at close range and pulled out the winner in the 87th minute.
Hazel shot right at Whitley late when Boro booked them a place in the last four matches and a trip to Redcar Athletic.
It wasn’t a very good game, but it was very competitive and there were a lot of good performances.
Jackson, Colville and Glynn have been excellent for Boro, while Kieran Veleji and Cadman have both performed well despite the lack of playing time in recent weeks.
Whitby, who has been chasing and shutting down the entire game, will be disappointed to lose when John Byrne, Dan Roe, Harry Greene and Brad Fewster come to attention.
BORO: Wheatley, Barrett (Wood 72), Jackson, Cadman, Velegy, Cogill, Hutton (Factory 76), Colville, Day, Colson (Glynn 43), Wilson.
FAVORITE MATCH: Ash Jackson.