Newlands Park secured the Scarborough News Saturday League division one crown with a 3-1 win in wet and windy conditions at closest rivals Filey Town on the final afternoon of the season.
The defending champions went into today’s game only needing to avoid defeat by eight goals or more, as they had hit top form in the past few weeks while Town’s hopes had dipped thanks to their defeat against West Pier the week before.
Once Danny Jenkinson had fired the visitors into an early lead with a strong run and a thumping finish past home keeper Dave Tonks, any lingering hopes of a Filey title win were extinguished.
Conditions took a turn for the worse after this goal, making it virtually impossible for either side to play fluent football.
Five minutes after the Newlands goal, Filey striker Cameron Dobson was allowed in by hesitancy from Park keeper Callum Myers but Dobson missed the target with his lob over the stranded Myers.
Two minutes later Newlands keeper Adam Stride had a shot saved by Tonks and shortly after this his strike partner Chris Dove put a shot wide.
After such a tough start to the season when we had so many players out injured it has been a superb effort by the lads, especially since Christmas when we have been on top formNewlands boss Shaun Mancrief
Lalan Flynn almost gave the hosts the lead on 23 minutes, his speculative 45-yard free-kick skidding off the slick pitch and flying over Myers and just inches over the bar.
The hosts levelled in the 26th minute when Nathan Vernon’s cross slipped through the hands of Myers, but the latter soon made up for this with a cracking save to deny Filey skipper Flynn.
Newlands eased the nerves of their vociferous supporters in the 32nd minute, Stride heading home a fine cross.
There were few chances of note before the interval as the conditions worsened.
In the first minute of the second half, wing-back Daniel Freer doubled Newlands’ lead, which allowed the visiting boss Shaun Mancrief to give several of his tired troops a breather, with Jenkinson, Jonny Manson and Jack Hakings all being replaced by Drew McCoubrey, youngster Aidan Thomas and Tom Jenkinson.
The lively McCoubrey and the skilful Thomas both came close to adding to the tally for Park, but the 3-1 win was enough to spark celebrations at the final whistle among the players and the away supporters who made the trip south to cheer the champions onto victory.
The Scarborough News Saturday league shield was presented to a delighted Newlands skipper Nick Beal in front of the Filey clubhouse, with the champagne corks popping as the Newlands lads celebrated completing a league and cup double - as well as successfully defending their title.
Boss Mancrief was delighted that his side finished the season in winning style.
He said: “We knew we had to make sure of it today with a win as you never know what is going to happen elsewhere.
“After such a tough start to then season when we had so many players out injured it has been a superb effort by the lads especially since Christmas when we have been on top form.
“They have all played their part, but Danny Jenkinson has been brilliant on a consistent basis, and Ricky Nock has done a cracking job in defence while young keeper Callum Myers has done very well too.”
Jenkinson was once again outstanding for Newlands at Filey, while Daz Clough looked lively up front for Filey.
West Pier ensured they claimed the runners-up spot with a 9-1 win at Sleights.
Striker Luke Delve banged in four goals for Andy Spivey’s side, with Ali Caw and Kurt Williamson scoring a brace apiece, with Martin Cooper completing the rout.
Delve and Caw shared the man of the match honours for the visitors.
Seamer Sports earned a 3-3 home draw with Edgehill, the latter missing out on third spot due to their inability to claim victory in their final game.
Ricky Greening, Gary Hepples and an own goal made sure of a share of the spoils for Edgehill, with Clegg stating that his side were well below-par.