SATURDAY CUPS: Ayton pip Whitby in thriller

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First division Ayton were forced to dig deep for a 3-2 extra-time win at home to division three leaders Whitby RUFC in the Coastal Shellfish League Cup, while Snainton beat Filey Town Reserves 5-3 on penalties in their Trophy Trader League Trophy clash.

Coastal Shellfish League Cup

Ayton 3 (Roberts, Stubbings, Thomas) Whitby RUFC 2 (Jobling, Cooper og)

Top-flight Ayton had to work hard for a 3-2 home win in the League Cup against division three title-chasers Whitby RUFC.

Despite only starting the game with 10 men, Ayton had the better of the opening exchanges and took the lead on 20 minutes when player-boss Steve Roberts applied the finishing touch to a fine move involving Chris Stubbings and Mark Oldroyd.

This seemed to stir Ste Mothersdale’s team into life and they levelled when Ayton keeper Ben Riley and defender Josh Cooper got their wires crossed and the latter put the ball into his own net.

The hosts gained an extra player at half-time but this did not halt Whitby’s fine form and they earned a penalty for a foul on Ste Ross, but Damon Craig’s penalty was superbly saved by Riley.

Whitby RUFC took a deserved lead on the hour mark when, after a long throw, Dave Welham’s pass found Paul Jobling and he beat Riley with a low shot.

Fifteen minutes later Ayton drew level thanks to a clever Stubbings finish from an acute angle.

This saw the game to extra-time and Whitby piled on the pressure looking for a winner, but Riley and his defence stood firm.

The second half of extra-time was more even, and the winner came when centre-back Rich Thomas surged out of defence and after starting the move raced into the penalty area to hammer the ball into the net to book Ayton’s spot in the next round.

All 11 Ayton players shared their man-of-the-match award for a battling display throughout the 120 minutes, while Dave Swales shone at the heart of a makeshift Whitby RUFC defence, Welham impressing in midfield.

Edgehill 13 (Greening 3, Jenking 3, Collins 2, L Cooper, Jenkins, Noon, K Henderson) Rillington Athletic 0

Edgehill breezed into the next round of the League Cup with a 13-0 home win against eight-man Rillington.

Ricky Greening and Aaron Jenking scored a hat-trick apiece, with Danny Collins also netting a brace.

Kurtis Henderson, Andy Noon, Liam Cooper and Dave Jenkins also netted for the victors.

Trophy Trader League Trophy

Filey Town Reserves 2 (Kempson, Howard) Snainton 2 (L Watson, S Holt) aet, Snainton win 5-3 on penalties

Snainton moved into the next round of the League Trophy with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win at Filey Town Reserves, after the scores were locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes.

Player-manager Dan Kempson opened the scoring for Town early on, but the visitors then started to get back into the game and the home keeper had to be on top form to keep Snainton at bay.

Twenty minutes into the second half good work from Shane Holt saw him pull the ball back for his player-boss Leigh Watson to slot home.

Neither side could finish the game off in 90 minutes, so the tie went to extra-time and Filey regained their lead through an Aaron Howard effort in the first period.

In the final minute, Snainton levelled again, this time man-of-the-match Shane Holt’s cross-cum-shot dipping over the head of the Filey goalkeeper.

Snainton kept their cool in the shoot-out, with Watson, Karl Cooper, Shane Holt, Sam Wallace and Rob Holt the five scorers in their 5-3 triumph.

Athletico2B 4 (Goodwin 3, C Bowman) West Pier Reserves 2 (J Spivey, Speight)

A Shaun Goodwin helped Athletico2B beat a weakened West Pier Reserves 4-2 in an all-division three League Trophy encounter.

Joel Spivey put Pier ahead with a looping shot from 20 yards out, but a great strike from Goodwin levelled the scores.

Rob Speight restored the lead for Pier just before half-time.

After the interval Goodwin netted his second from a defence-splitting pass from midfield lynchpin Chris Bowman, who then netted with a decent strike to put the home side ahead for the first time.

Goodwin then completed his hat-trick with a clinical strike.

Kyle May was named as man of the match for the victors in his last game before moving to Australia, while Damo Dale also impressed.

Pier boss Dave Crawford said: “We had a lot of players missing so only had a bare 11, but all of them deserve to share the man-of-the-match award for their work-rate and commitment.”