Newlands Park booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Scarborough FA District Cup with a 3-1 win at Beckett League champions Sinnington, while West Pier left it late to win 3-2 at home to lowly Ayton and Whitby Fisherman’s Society won 4-1 at fellow strugglers Seamer Sports.
Scarborough FA District Cup quarter-final
Sinnington 1 Newlands Park 3 (Dove 2, Freer)
Newlands Park secured their place in the semi-finals of the Scarborough FA District Cup with a hard-earned 3-1 win at Beckett League champions Sinnington.
Chris Dove put Newlands ahead after only four minutes with a cool finish and right-sided midfielder Dan Freer doubled their lead before half-time.
The Sinners pulled a goal back on the hour mark and put Park under a bit of pressure but the away team sealed the win when Dove, having moved up front from his starting left-wing role, shot home from 18 yards out.
Central midfielder Danny Jenkinson and Freer shared the man-of-the-match award for the visitors.
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West Pier 3 (Sygrove, N Thomas pen, Provins) Ayton 2 (Fryirs, M Vasey)
Two goals in the final five minutes saved West Pier’s blushes as they snatched a 3-2 home win against relegation battlers Ayton.
This result lifts Pier into second place in the table, but they are 14 points adrift of leaders Newlands with only a game in hand on the pacesetters.
Pier took the lead after 15 minutes when Gareth Sygrove sized upon a defensive slip by Si Rigg and raced through to slide the ball past keeper Ben Riley.
The home side were dominant in the first half and Martin Cooper saw two glancing headers fizz narrowly wide before the interval.
Ayton stunned Pier with a leveller after the break, Danny Cooper giving away possession and Neil Fryirs breaking through to shoot past Scott Wardman.
The visitors then took the lead against the run of play, Mark Vasey heading past Wardman and Ayton must have been sensing a much-needed three-point haul.
Pier refused to submit though, and with five minutes remaining they were awarded a penalty for handball, Neil Thomas placing the spot-kick past Riley.
In the final minute Andy Spivey’s troops claimed a dramatic winner, Rich Thomas conceding a free-kick near the corner flag for a foul, Martin Cooper swinging the setpiece into the box, Danny Cooper flicking it on and Paul Provins netting to secure the win for the hosts.
In a fine all-round performance Will Jenkinson stood out in midfield for Spivey’s team.
Seamer Sports 1 (Lawton pen) Whitby Fisherman’s Society 4 (Hart 2, Raisbeck, McGovern)
Whitby Fisherman’s Society climbed off the foot of the first division table with a 4-1 win at Seamer Sports, who were playing their first game since the resignation of boss Matty Dawson.
The visitors raced into a three-goal lead after only 20 minutes, and although the hosts did play well after the break the damage had been done by this early treble.
Phil Raisbeck’s long-range strike opened the scoring for Mark Storr’s outfit in the 10th minute, and Alex McGovern soon doubled their lead.
Neil Hart latched into a long through-ball and slipped his shot past the home keeper to make it 3-0.
Seamer made a few tactical changes at half-time and they came out in confident mood, taking control of the game and pulling a goal back with a penalty from Gary Lawton.
Paul Cull made a couple of fine saves to maintain Whitby’s lead and they proved to be crucial as the away team confirmed the win with a second Hart goal, this time a tap-in after James Armstrong’s fine through-ball.
Cull was named as the Whitby man of the match for a strong display and most importantly his two smart saves to keep his side in charge of the match.
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