West Pier have secured the Scarborough News Saturday League division one title for the second year in a row after their closest rivals Filey Town lost out 3-2 at Whitby Fishermans, while Sleights made sure of their promotion from the third division as runners-up with a 7-0 home win against Cayton Corinthians Reserves.
Whitby Fishermens 3 (S Swales, Goldswmith, Bailey) Filey Town 2 (Pinder 2)
Filey Town’s title ambitions were halted by this defeat at Whitby, despite the visitors leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to a James Pinder double, which means West Pier have won the league for the second successive season.
After the break the visitors seemed to buckle as Steve Swales, Connor Goldsmith and Sam Bailey were on target for the home side, whose man of the match was Jordan Purvis.
Town boss Dave Brannan was disappointed by his side’s capitulation: “I said to the players after the game they were outstanding in the first half but then turned in one of the worst second-half displays I have ever seen to throw it all away, though their second came from a very debatable free-kick as I am still not sure why it was awarded by the referee.
“James Pinder scored twice in the first half but he could have had netted a couple more as we were all over them before the interval.”
Pier will now head into their final game against Eastfield on Wednesday night with the title already in the bag.
Seamer Sports 0 Newlands 3 (Stride, P Mancrief, Freer)
Newlands returned to winning ways with a fine victory at Seamer Sports.
Adam Stride, Paddy Mancrief and youngster Dan Freer - promoted from the reserve team - notched for Newlands, who also had Sam Chambers on top form.
Player-boss Matty Dawson was man of the match for the hosts at left-back, while centre-half Liam Lowery also had a strong game for a depleted Seamer side.
Fishburn Park 3 Eastfield 6
Sleights 7 (Watson 3, McCarthy, L Brennan pen, Kipling, Ingham) Cayton Corinthians Res 0
Ben Watson’s hat-trick steered Sleights to promotion and second spot in this one-sided encounter.
The striker’s treble took his tally for the season to a superb 40 goals, with Mark McCarthy, Mark Kipling and Rob Ingham also on target, a Lee Brennan penalty completing the rout.