Saturday League round-up: Division three - Sleights see off rivals Soba

WestoverWasps Reserves recieve new kit from Eddy Mackenzie.front Left to right Dave Gaddass and Eddy.Picture Richard Ponter 123847
WestoverWasps Reserves recieve new kit from Eddy Mackenzie.front Left to right Dave Gaddass and Eddy.Picture Richard Ponter 123847

Sleights moved into pole position in division three with a 2-1 home success against former leaders FC Soba.

Sleights 2 (Ingham, Watson) FC Soba 1 (Hardisty)

A depleted Sleights grafted their way past fellow third division title contenders FC Soba.

Jim Howard’s men lost goalkeeper Rich Coulson to a migraine just before kick-off, so midfielder Mark McCarthy went between the sticks.

Rob Ingham, making his first league start, the big forward muscling his way past three defenders, before slamming home the opener inside five minutes.

Jake Faichney then headed wide from Howard’s free-kick and the same player fired against the near post with the Soba keeper fortunate to smother the loose ball.

But the villagers were punished for switching off on 40 minutes when Rich Fletcher and Andy Hardy were beaten down the right and the ball was driven across goal for a neat first-time sidefoot by Lucas Hardisty into the top-right corner.

Crucially though, Sleights hit back a minute before half-time when James Fawcett’s perfect through-ball released Ben Watson to slot effortlessly past the keeper one-on-one for his 10th goal of the season.

The second half was a war of attritionas Sleights withstood a lot of Soba pressure to hung on for a tremendous win.

Watson was man of the match for Sleights, while Fadil Spivey shone for Soba.

Seamer Sports Reserves 3 (Thornton, Morris, C Myerscough) Cayton Corinthians Reserves 2 (Barrass, Hanson)

Seamer Reserves battled back from 2-0 down to claim victory in this cracking match.

Neil Kirby’s visitors made the perfect start when veteran Shaun Barrass collected a Connor Davison cross and fired home from 20 yards out.

Davison was also the driving force behind Cayton’s second goal, his pass allowing youngster Zak Hanson to fire home.

Seamer pulled a goal back before half-time, a stunning volley from Glen Thornton from the edge of the box - after Dan Layton’s header - getting the hosts back into the contest.

Sixteen-year-old Matty Morris headed in Dan Hartley’s cross to make it 2-2 and Connor Myerscough’s solo effort completed the comeback for the home side.

Although the youthful Cayton side finished the game with eight players under the age of 18, it was an older head, Gus Ferra, who was their man of the match.

Mark Hodges, also playing in central midfield, was the Seamer man of the match.

Scalby Reserves 0 West Pier Reserves 3 (Dave Crawford 2, N Thomas)

Player-boss Dave Crawford led by example with a brace of goals as Pier proved too strong for hosts Scalby.

Crawford put Pier in front when the ball struck him in the face and went into the net.

The manager then doubled Pier’s lead with a sidefooted finish.

Neil Thomas, dropping down from the first team, made it 3-0 to Pier with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Thomas and striker Rob Speight shone for Pier, while left-back Grant Elwell was outstanding for the home side.

Westover Wasps Reserves 2 (Stanley, Dean pen) Whitby RUFC 5 (Hogarth 4, Craig)

Whitby RUFC booked their spot in the second round of the Frank White Trophy with a comfortable win at Westover.

Man of the match Ben Hogarth smashed in four goals, with Damon Craig also on target.

Ben Stanley and Mark Dean, from the penalty spot, were the Wasps scorers.