Filey Town Reserves boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a 7-1 home win against Scalby in division two, Rillington dropping into bottom spot after their 3-1 home loss against FC Rosette, while division three leaders West Pier Reserves won 5-1 at Sleights Reserves and second-placed Whitby RUFC saw off visitors Cayton Corinthians Reserves 6-3.
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Filey Town Reserves 7 (J Gage 3, Powell 2, Briggs, Eblet) Scalby 1 (Hartnett)
A first-half hat-trick from striker Joe Gage helped Filey Town Reserves on their way to a shock 7-1 home win against a Scalby side who had previously only lost once in the league.
Gage scored the first three goals for Dan Kempson’s side, who were bolstered by the inclusion of a couple of first-team defenders - the firsts game having been rained off at Westover.
Mike Hartnett had levelled the scores at 1-1 for Scalby, but Kev David’s side were outplayed by the hosts, who made it 4-1 early in the second half with a neat finish through Gage’s striking partner Jordan Powell.
Ben Briggs added a fifth and further goals from Powell and Joe Eblet completed the win for the Clarence Drive team.
Gage and Powell were the star men for Town, midfielder Tom Haxby also deserving credit for his four assists.
Danny Mitchell was the man of the match for Kev David’s below-par Scalby team.
Rillington Athletic 1 FC Rosette 3 (Harland, Russell, own goal)
Rosette moved into the top half of the table with a hard-earned 3-1 win at Rillington, who slipped into bottom spot after this result.
The visitors were missing several players, so they had to draft in former keeper Daz Palmer to play between the sticks, allowing regular keeper Mikey Harland to slot in at left-back.
It was Harland who hammered in the opener for the visitors after 20 minutes, his 25-yard piledriver giving the home keeper no chance.
Rillington hit the crossbar with a shot as they attempted to get back into the game, but it was the Newby club who struck next, Martin Russell applying the finishing touch to a great, flowing team move.
After the break, Rillington stepped up a gear and hardly gave Rosette a chance early on, pulling a goal back 10 minutes after the interval.
The home side had a couple of chances to level but Rosette hung on and doubled their lead when Tommy Blackburn looked poised to score, only for a home defender to slot the ball into his own net.
Harland and midfielder Jamie Deyes impressed for Rosette, and youngster Louis Palmer, on the right flank, also shone on his first full match for the Newby club.
Flixton v Snainton, Cayton Corinthians v USB, Edgehill Reserves v Sleights - postponed due to waterlogged pitches
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Sleights Reserves 1 (J Jeffrey) West Pier Reserves 5 (J Spivey, W Garnett, Scotter, Atkinson, Weetman)
West Pier Reserves remain in top spot in division three after a comfortable 5-1 success at Sleights Reserves.
Joel Spivey’s header after only two minutes from a Chris Weetman corner put Pier in front, and 10 minutes later they were 2-0 ahead thanks to a powerful low free-kick from Will Garnett.
Rob Speight missed a couple of chances to extend the away team’s lead, the score remaining 2-0 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half Pier sealed the win when Jamie Scotter headed in another Weetman corner.
In the 70th minute Martin Atkinson’s fierce shot flew into the top corner to make it 4-0, and although star man Jason Jeffrey pulled a goal back for Sleights, man of the match Weetman restored Pier’s four-goal lead with a neat finish after a one-on-one with the home keeper.
Whitby RUFC 6 (Hogarth, Kilpatrick, Joblin, Usher, Craig, Smith) Cayton Corinthians Reserves 3 (Venner 2, Garton)
Whitby RUFC kept in touch with leaders Pier Reserves after a 6-3 home win against Cayton Reserves.
The villagers started strongly and had the ideal chance to go in front when they were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute, but M ike Stanworth smashed his spot-kick over the bar and the hosts seemed to be lifted by this miss and banged in three goals before the midway point of the half.
Skipper Damon Craig netted the opener in the 15th minute, firing in a Paul Joblin cross after good work from Ben Hogarth and two minutes later Joblin smashed home into the bottom corner of the net after a Mikey Kilpatrick pass.
Kilpatrick lifted his shot over the keeper to make it 3-0 in the 20th minute and on the half-hour mark Kilpatrick set up Marc Usher to fire his shot into the top corner of the net.
Cayton were much livelier after the break and pulled a goal back in the 55th minute when Josh Venner headed in a corner, but the four-goal lead was regained when Joblin set up Hogarth to fire in past Josh Brown.
Venner then pulled another goal back but sub Dan Smith struck with his first touch to make it 6-2.
The goal of the game was Cayton’s third in the final minute, Craig Garton smacking a 35-yarder beyond the home keeper.
Craig was named as the Whitby man of the match, leading by example from central midfield, while Cayton centre-back Luke Gosling and new recruit Harry Clark, at left-back, shone for the visitors.
Athletico2B v Falsgrave Reserves, Scalby Reserves v Ayton Reserves, Westover Wasps Reserves v Commercial - postponed due to waterlogged pitches