Hat-tricks from Dean Craig and Billy Logan steered second-placed Trafalgar to a 6-1 home win against West Pier in the Scarborough News Sunday League, with pacesetters Newlands triumphing at Fylingdales.
Scarborough News Sunday League
Trafalgar 6 (Logan 3, Craig 3) West Pier 1 (Hyde pen)
Dean Craig and Billy Logan scored a hat-trick apiece to fire Trafalgar to a 6-1 home win against West Pier in a dress-rehearsal for next month’s Kenward Cup final.
A weakened Pier side were stunned by an early lob from Logan, which evaded the grasp of joint-manager Jamie Towse, who was playing in goal due to a lack of players, regular keeper Jon Hyde playing outfield.
Logan then added a second to put Traf in charge, and they were then awarded a penalty, but Towse pulled off a fine diving stop to deny defender Dean MacAuley’s spot-kick.
The scored remained the same up until the 65th minute, as Pier battled defiantly to keep the home side at bay, but Craig’s 10-minute hat-trick wrapped up the points for Traf.
Hyde fired in a penalty to give Pier some consolation, Logan completing his hat-trick late on to make it 6-1.
Craig was named as the man of the match for Traf for a strong display in midfield and his quickfire treble. Veteran midfielder Martin Cooper, defender Hyde and sweeper Adie Blake all impressed for Pier against the title-chasers.
Traf now have three games left to play - away to Filey Flyers on Tuesday, away to Roscoe’s Bar on Tuesday April 22 and then at Cayton Corinthians on Sunday April 27. Liam Salt’s side are level on points with Newlands, who have a far superior goal difference but have only one game to play, at Itis Itis on April 27.
Fylingdales 1 (og) Newlands 4 (Bates 2, T Wood, Moon)
A Newlands Park team including only a handful of first-teamers worked hard to earn a 4-1 win at Fylingdales, keeping them top of the table on goal difference from Traf.
Striker Stew Bates tapped home from six yards to put the visitors in front at the interval, and Joe Hakings’ troops had several further chances to extend the lead in the opening 45 minutes.
Travis Wood, one of many promoted from the reserve team for this game, fired in a fine goal and a neat strike from Bates - his 47th on a Saturday and Sunday for Park this season - sealed the win for the visitors.
Midfielder Stefan Moon, one of the few first-teamers on show, added a fourth to pull Park well clear, the home side grabbing a consolation with almost the final kick of the game when keeper Shaun Wood punched the ball into his own net from a Sam Richardson corner.
Leroy Donaldson was man of the match for Newlands for a strong display in defence after making the step up from division two with ease, while Mike Trotter was the star man for Neil Brearley’s team.
Tennyson 7 (Spooner 2, Anderson, R Link, Oxley, Williamson, og) Roscoes Bar 0
Roscoes Bar’s relegation to division two edged closer after their 7-0 defeat at Tennyson, who secured their division one status with this win.
Star man Craig Spooner smashed in a double for Billy Johnson’s side, with Mikey Anderson, Ryan Link, Dave Oxley, Kurt Williamson and an own goal completing the scoring for the home side.
Filey Flyers 10 (Johnson 3, Priestley 2, J Young 2, Sugden, Brannan Jnr, J Hunter) Cayton Corinthians 1 (J Barber pen)
Filey Flyers ensured their top-flight status for another season with a thumping 10-1 win against already relegated Cayton, who only fielded eight players.
Left-winger Lee Johnson scored a first-half hat-trick, with 16-year-old Luke Priestley and James Young also scoring two goals apiece.
Player-boss David Brannan Jnr, Liam Sugden and Jonny Hunter also netted for the home side.
James Barber netted a consolation from the spot for a hard-working Cayton side.
Klosters 2 (Brown, Scales) itis-itis 1 (Chambers)
A below-par Klosters edged past itis-itis in a scrappy game at Flixton.
The visitors made the better start with a strong wind at their backs but found the home defence, marshalled by centre-halves Lee Luntley and Rhys Howell, in resolute form.
Chances were at a premium at both ends and the sides went into half-time with the game still goalless.
Klosters made a quick start to the second period and moved ahead after 47 minutes when striker Mike Brown got on the end of a Sam Garnett header and guided the ball home.
Itis-itis pushed forward in search of an equaliser but it was the hosts who grabbed the next goal when Tom Scales notched his 20th of the season.
Matty Hobson’s men did eventually get on the scoresheet with 15 minutes remaining when a long throw-in was flicked on to Luke Chambers who finished from close range, but Klosters managed to hold on for the three points.
Mark Oldroyd impressed for itis-itis, while Luntley was Klosters’ man of the match.
West Pier Reserves 5 (Bell 3, 1 pen, Midgley 2) Ayton 0
Nick Bell banged in a hat-trick to help propel West Pier Reserves to a 5-0 home win against Ayton.
Pier, playing into a strong wind, took the lead on 10 minutes when 59-year-old veteran centre-back Andy Spivey pumped the ball forward and Luke Midgley flicked it onto Bell who finished neatly to make it 1-0.
Five minutes later a through-ball went comfortably to the Ayton keeper who hit a fresh air shot when clearing the ball, this allowed Midgley to walk it into the net for 2-0.
The home side soon made it 3-0 when Rob Farnell put the ball through to Midgley who calmly lobbed the keeper.
Midgley and Bell both missed glorious chances in the second half, Bell finally netting his second, latching onto a through-ball and firing home to make it 4-0.
With five minutes to go Midgley took the ball round the keeper who fouled him and a penalty was awarded, Bell converting the spot-kick for his hat-trick.
Pier’s five-man defence, including a sweeper, impressed in a great all-round team performance.