SATURDAY DIVISION 3: Marc ushers Whitby RFC into top spot

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Whitby RFC claimed top spot in the third division thanks to a four-goal blast from striker Marc Usher in their 4-1 defeat of Ayton Reserves, while Athletico2B’s push for promotion continued apace withs a 10-2 romp at home to Cayton Corinthians Reserves.

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Whitby RFC 4 (Usher 4) Ayton Reserves 1 (Stubbings)

A four-goal haul from the deadly Marc Usher secured a 4-1 home win for Whitby RFC at home to Ayton Reserves, a result that took them above West Pier Reserves and into top spot on goal difference - although they have five games in hand on Pier.

The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead early on thanks to a hat-trick within 17 minutes from Usher.

In the fifth minute a long pass from Paul Jobling found Ben Hoggarth at the back post and he set up Usher to sidefoot home the opener.

Seven minutes later Usher sidefooted in his second after excellent work down the left wing by Mikey Kilpatrick and in the 17th minute he had completed his hat-trick - and secured the points - firing home after another fine pullback from the lively Kilpatrick.

A depleted Ayton side seemed to wake up after the break and they pulled a goal back when Tyson Stubbings raced past the home defence and slotted in from the edge of the box.

Usher restored Whitby RFC’s three-goal with a penalty-kick after Jobling had been fouled in the area.

Whitby RFC boss Ste Mothersdale said: “It is great to finally be in top spot and we just need to keep it going now, this was a great win considering we had six players missing.

“Ste Ross was our man of the match as he won everything in central midfield while Marc Usher also did really well to get all four goals and Mikey Kilpatrick was a constant menace down the left flank.”

Ayton manager Mark Plumpton said: “Considering we had so many players out it was a valiant effort.

“Our man of the match was Ellis Wilson at left-back. He is the son of former Scarborough FC left-back Mark Wells. I have played him in so many positions and finally found his best.”

Athletico2B 10 (Swift 3, Kirkup 2, Bowman 2, Costigan, Goodwin, Stockell) Cayton Corinthians Reserves 2 (Hodgson)

Athletico2B look to be firm favourites to secure the second promotion place behind Whitby RFC after a 10-2 hammering of Cayton Corinthiians Reserves.

Shaun Goodwin opened the scoring for the hosts after five minutes, with Stephen Kirkup soon adding a second for Nick David’s team.

Midfielder Chris Bowman made it 3-0 only for John Hodgson to pull a goal back for the visitors.

Sam Swift soon restored Athletico2B’s three-goal advantage to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Swift struck again early in the second half, with Chris Costigan, Bowman and Kirkup also netting before Swift completed his hat-trick.

Hodgson pulled another goal back when David’s attempted clearance hit the Cayton player and flew into the net.

Adam Stockell scored late on to bring up double figures for the hosts.

David said: “It was a very comfortable game for us, everyone played really well today. Bowman controlled the midfield, along with Ross Kevan, while hat-trick hero Swift - in his first game after three matches away - also did very well. But man of the match has to go to Kevan, who never stopped running in middle of park.”

Seamer Sports Reserves 3 (Bradbury 2, Mattison) Scalby Reserves 2 (Jordan, Turner)

Seamer Sports Reserves are ending the season on a high, the basement club claiming their second win in as many weeks with a 3-2 home triumph against a youthful Scalby Reserves side.

Danny Bradbury fired Seamer in front after a good move in the 10th minute and another fine team move saw Chris Mattison slot in at the back post to double Seamer’s lead.

Five minutes into the second half Bradbury struck again to put Seamer in charge, but as the snow began to fall Scalby began to get back into the game and goals from youngsters Taylor Jordan and Matty Turner set up a thrilling finale, but Gary Dixon’s troops held on for the win.

Left-back Andy Merrygold was named as the man of the match for Seamer, Matty Silk also starring as a second-half sub in defence for the hosts.

Sleights Reserves 2 (Davies, Trotter) Falsgrave Reserves 1 (Hansen)

Sleights Reserves battled back from conceding an early goal to pull off a shock 2-1 home win against Falsgrave Reserves.

Zac Hansen fired Falsgrave in front in the eighth minute, but Rich Davies’ deflected shot made it 1-1 seven minutes later.

Falsgrave missed several chances to claim victory in the second half as they piled on the pressure but they were made to pay their price for these missed opportunities when Michael Trotter broke away in the 80th minute to net the winner with a chip over the Falsgrave keeper.

Paul Reddy was named as the Falsgrave man of the match with Thomas Hawkesfield the star man for Sleights.