West Pier fought back from 2-1 down to beat Newlands 5-2 and secure a place in the Kenward Cup final, where they will meet Trafalgar after their 15-0 hammering of hosts Tennyson Reserves in the other semi-final.
Kenward Cup semi-finals
West Pier 5 (Dobson 3, Provins, M Cooper) Newlands 2 (McCoubrey 2)
West Pier put in a strong all-round team performance to defeat league leaders Newlands 5-2 at Sherburn in their Kenward Cup semi-final.
Newlands, who had a strong wind at their backs in the first half, were the better team in the early exchanges, only two outstanding saves from Pier keeper Jonny Hyde keeping his side on level terms.
Against the run of play, striker Cameron Dobson opened the scoring for the home side after 15 minutes, having been set up by fine interplay from Paul Provins and Jamie Bradshaw.
Newlands continued to have the upper hand in the first half and equalised just before half-time with a powerful strike from Drew McCoubrey.
After the break Newlands again made a strong start and regained the lead with a second strike from McCoubrey.
Pier bosses Jamie Towse and Paddy Parke then changed the home side’s formation from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 and this tactical move soon paid off with |Martin Cooper making it 2-2 with a 20-yard free-kick that sailed over the Newlands keeper and into the top corner of the net.
A Provins finish then put Pier in front for the first time, and Dobson completed his hat-trick - and sealed the win - with a strike after a defensive slip and a header.
Towse said: “It would be unfair to give anyone the man-of-the-match award as all 11 who started and sub Rob Speight were outstanding. Special mention must go to keeper Hyde for his early saves to keep us in the game and the way that Provins led the line.
“I think Newlands played very well but it was our day and we worked very hard for each other.”
Newlands manager Joe Hakings said: “We dominated the game for the first hour and should have won, but Pier took their chances well and I wish them all the best for the cup final.”
Defender Kile Fields was named as the Newlands man of the match.
Tennyson Reserves 0 Trafalgar 15 (Logan 8, Exley 2, R Pinder 2, N Thomas 2, Taylor)
Eight goals from striker Billy Logan helped Trafalgar ease into the Kenward Cup final with a 15-0 hammering of second division outfit Tennyson Reserves.
Sean Exley, Rob Pinder and Neil Thomas all grabbed a brace of goals apiece, while central midfielder Lewis Taylor, who was the man of the match, also netted in this one-sided contest.
Tennyson Reserves were facing Traf after being re-admitted to the competition when Fylingdales - who had beaten them in the quarter-final - were ejected from the competition for fielding two ineligible players.
Commercial 1 (Foy) West Pier Reserves 5 (Bell 3, Weetman, Andy Sheader)
A Nick Bell hat-trick helped West Pier Reserves to a 5-1 win at rivals Commercial to boost their chances of claiming runners-up spot in division two.
Sam Foy took advantage of a lapse in the Pier defence to put Commercial ahead on 25 minutes, but this was as good as it got for Geoff Osguthorpe’s side.
Andy Goodwin’s side struggled to get going in the first half, but they sparked into life five minutes before half-time when a Danny Birley corner was headed in at the back post by Andy Sheader.
Right-winger Bell cut on from the flank to take the ball past two home defenders, his shot was only partially blocked by Commercial keeper Ash Buck, with striker Chris Weetman tapping home.
Pier made it 3-1 early in the second half through Bell and it was soon 4-1 when some intricate one-touch passing between Weetman and Bell saw the latter fire his shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Weetman was also the architect of Bell’s hat-trick goal, racing down the left flank and squaring the ball for the veteran to slot home his third goal.
Goodwin said: “Bell was man of the match for a great display, but there were fine performances from centre-back Daz Swinger, left-back Andy Sheader as well as the tireless strike duo of Luke Midgley and Chris Weetman.”
Osguthorpe added: “I am very disappointed at the way in which we seemed to lack concentration once we had gone ahead, our sloppy defending allowed them back into the game.”
Whitby Wanderers 4 Castle 1 (Heritage)
Whitby Wanderers moved back into second place in the table with a 4-1 win at home to Castle.
The home side scored twice in the opening 10 minutes but Castle recovered well and halved the deficit in the second half when defender Jamie Heritage headed in from 15 yards out after a sloppy clearance from the Wanderers keeper. This was Heritage’s third goal in four games since signing from Newlands Reserves.
Ayton 2 (Wallace, Stubbings) Trafalgar Reserves 5 (Noon, J Pinder, A Wray, Aitkens pen, Robinson)
Champions-elect Trafalgar Reserves claimed a 5-2 win at Ayton, despite an energetic display from the village team.
Joint-player-manager Andy Noon’s looped shot from 30 yards put Traf in front but Ayton were soon on level terms.
Tyson Stubbings ran down the left wing and beat his man, squared to Sam Wallace who finished powerfully from 10 yards.
Kieran Friett and Wallace then both missed great chances to put Ayton in front. Traf capitalised and scored five minutes before half-time when Jack Pinder skipped round a few poor challenges and rifled in.
Al Wray’s long-range strike made it 3-1 to the visitors after the break, but Ayton hit back again when Stubbings passed the ball into an empty net with the Traf keeper helpless after great work from man of the match James Ellwood, who worked tirelessly up front.
Traf pulled two goals clear again thanks to a Jordan Aitkens penalty-kick after a foul on Dane Ramos, and a 30-yard thunderbolt by Damien Robinson.
Noon shone for Traf, who have only one game remaining in the league this season.