Whitby Wanderers won 4-1 at Ayton to move into second spot in division two, with West Pier Reserves triumphing 5-0 at Angel, Castle winning 4-1 at home to Fylingdales Reserves and Alma victorious by the odd goal in five at Heslerton.
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Ayton 1 (Mockridge) Whitby Wanderers 4 (Keys 2, Marshall, Miller)
Whitby Wanderers moved into second place in the division two table with a convincing 4-1 win at Ayton.
The home side’s defence were feeling in a generous mood, and after 10 minutes right-back Mike Grayshan played the ball into the path of Jericho Keys, who made no mistake, after earlier play from Jack Wilson had created the opening.
Fifteen minutes later Keys turned provider, supplying the cross for Andre Marshall to steer in a towering header back across the Ayton keeper Phil Pickard and into the roof of the net.
Marshall and Keys then combined well, the latter’s shot was only partially saved by Pickard and Darren Miller pounced to make it 3-0.
Ayton made a few changes to their tactics at half-time and their man of the match, central midfielder Marcus Mockridge, blasted in a stunning 30-yard shot into the top corner of the net to give Mark Plumpton’s troops hope of a comeback.
This glimmer of hope was soon stamped out by Keys’ second of the game, with Marshall claiming the assist.
Man of the match for second-placed Wanderers was centre-back Shaun Hopper.
Angel 0 West Pier Reserves 5 (Weetman, Watson pen, R Garton, J Ledden, A Sheader)
West Pier Reserves turned on the style for a superb 5-0 success at promotion-chasers Angel.
In a very pedestrian match, Pier opened the scoring 10 minutes before the half-time interval with a Chris Watson spot-kick, awarded after striker Chris Weetman had been fouled in the area.
Straight from the re-start, Pier closed down Angel and won the ball back with it falling to Weetman, who scored with a cross-cum-shot which took a slight deflection before evading the grasp of the home keeper.
Angel looked lively in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but Pier defended stoutly and Rich Garton, who had come on as centre-back at half-time, headed in a Luke Midgley corner to put the result beyond doubt.
After winning a free-kick near the centre-circle, Pier then added a fourth thanks to a stunning 20-yard volley from striker James Ledden.
A well-time back-post header from Andy Sheader rounded off the scoring for Andy Goodwin’s side.
Goodwin said: “Despite the game having a very slow tempo, especially in the first half-hour, the joint men of the match were Ledden and Weetman up front, with centre-back Daz Swinger pushing them close.”
Castle 4 (Sanderson 2, Heritage, Shaw) Fylingdales Reserves 1 (Woodhouse)
New signings Jamie Heritage and Jordan Shaw both netted as Castle secured a 4-1 home win against second-from-bottom Fylingdales Reserves.
Two early goals from Ryan Sanderson put the villagers on the back foot, although Max Woodhouse pulled a goal back for Fylingdales before half-time with a powerful header.
Midway through the second half new recruit Heritage capped a man of the match display at centre-back with a fierce headed goal after a cross from Nathan Spencer.
Teenage striker Shaw also capped a fine display with a neat finish to make it 4-1.
Mikey Harland, who usually plays at right-back for Castle, had an excellent game in goal for the victors, while centre-back Dave Welham was the man of the match for Fylingdales.
Heslerton 2 (R Preston, Bailey) Alma 3 (Clothier 3)
A Phil Clothier first-half hat-trick helped basement club Alma record a shock 3-2 win at Heslerton.
Clothier’s treble put Alma in charge at the break, and although Robbie Preston and Mike Bailey replied for the villagers, Alma’s determined defence held on for a deserved three-point haul - only their second of the season.
Stand-in Alma boss Richard Rogers said: “I am proud of all the lads today, It was a really strong performance and we deserved the win with the effort that we had put in.”