Division one pacesetters Newlands had to work hard for a 2-0 win against title-holders West Pier, Filey Town moved into second with a 3-0 win at home to Falsgrave and Whitby Fishermen boosted their survival bid with a 2-0 home win against Hunmanby, second division leaders Edgehill Reserves beating Scalby 5-0.
Scarborough News Saturday League
Newlands Park 2 (P Mancrief, McCoubrey) West Pier 0
Runaway division one leaders Newlands Park were forced to work hard for a 2-0 home win against defending champions West Pier.
Experienced midfielder Paddy Mancrief handed Newlands the opener midway through the first half with a neat finish after a goalmouth scramble.
For most of the second half Pier were forced to defend deep as Park piled on the pressure, but some dogged defending and fine saves from Pier goalkeeper Scott Wardman kept the leaders at bay until the 87th minute when left-winger Drew McCoubrey cut inside off the flank and smashed an unstoppable 25-yard shot into the roof of the net past Wardman.
Veteran centre-back Nick Beal was named as the man of the match for Park, while Pier manager Andy Spivey was proud of his depleted side’s efforts.
“We had a few players out but the lads we had played very well to contain Park, Neil Thomas was strong in central midfield and Graeme Reid put in a lot of hard work up front on his own.”
Whitby Fishermen 2 (S Swales, Braithwaite) Hunmanby Utd 0
Whitby Fishermen boosted their chances of beating the drop with a 2-0 home win against fellow strugglers Hunmanby.
After a goalless first half, Steve Swales opened the scoring for Mark Storr’s side in the 75th minute with a close-range finish after a goalmouth scramble.
Ryan Braithwaite netted the second goal direct from a corner.
Filey Town 3 (Tomlinson 2, S Dickens) Falsgrave 0
Ricky Tomlinson scored two and set up the other as Filey moved up into second spot with a 3-0 home win against Falsgrave.
Right-winger Tomlinson put Filey ahead in the first half and doubled his tally with a cracking 18-yard strike into the bottom left corner of the net after being set up by centre-back John Emmerson.
Fifteen minutes from time Tomlinson set up Stu Dickens to notch the third goal and secure the three points for Jay Taylor’s side.
Tomlinson was the Town man of the match while defender Alan McCarten was the star man for Billy Johnson’s team.
Cayton Corinthians 3 (Amoah, May, Whitelaw) Snainton 3 (Webster, R Holt, Swift)
Cayton fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to earn a 3-3 draw at home to Snainton in this end-to-end division two encounter.
Mike Webster opened the scoring for Leigh Watson’s visitors, and a cracking shot from their man of the match Rob Holt doubled Snainton’s advantage.
Cayton refused to submit and pulled a goal back through a tap-in from Paul Amoah after a Mike Dennis shot had rebounded out to him.
Right-back Alex May smashed a thunderous 30-yard strike into the top corner of the net to make it 2-2 at half-time.
Lou Swift restore Snainton’s lead after the interval, but Jamie Whitelaw headed in the leveller for Shaun Rennison’s team from Jake McAleese’s free-kick in the 80th minute.
Rennison said: “That is some of the best football that we have played this season, we seemed to relax and spray the ball around the park confidently.
“Alex May and centre-back Luke Gosling shared the man-of-the-match award for us, it is good to see the young lads doing well for us.”
Watson singled out Holt in what he believed was a below-par display by his Snainton side.
Edgehill Reserves 5 (Scales 2, Watson, C Hepples, Ferrey pen) Scalby 0
A Tom Scales double helped Edgehill Reserves edge closer to the second division title with an easy 5-0 home win against a weakened Scalby side.
JP Watson opened the scoring for the hosts with a clever flock beyond the grasp of keeper Tom Manson - who had stepped up from the village club’s reserve team - after a fine pass from Martyn Ferrey.
Carl Hepples smashed in the second goal with a thunderous 18-yard effort after the ball had been cleverly cut back from Ryan Jackson.
Tom Scales made it 3-0 before half-time after another fine through-ball from Edgehill’s man of the match Ferrey.
Ferrey made it 4-0 on the hour mark from the penalty spot and Tom Scales smacked in a 15-yard shot five minutes time, from yet another pass by the inspirational Ferrey.
Edgehill chief Dan I’Anson said: “It was a comfortable win as Scalby were struggling for players, as they had Kev David and Richard Birley playing again, this is a shame as Scalby have a good side when all their players are available as they held us to a 0-0 draw earlier in the season, the only time we have not won in the league.
“We can win the second division title next week if we get a win at my old team Snainton, I am sure we will be in for a good game.”
Scalby supremo David said: “Manson was the man of the match for us in goal today as he pulled off some great saves, while the returning Danny Wedge also excelled at centre-back.”