Trafalgar Reserves claim title after beating Shakespeare in decider

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Trafalgar Reserves won the second division title after coming from behind to beat rivals Shakespeare 3-2 in a cracking encounter.

Second division

Trafalgar Reserves 3 (Coulson, Pinder, Jenkinson) Shakespeare 2 (Ramos pen, Hawkes)

Trafalgar co-manager Luke Jenkinson led by example in this title decider, his low shot securing the three points that earned the reserve team the championship.

Dane Ramos put Shakespeare in front from the penalty spot after 20 minutes, but Alec Coulson levelled for Traf before the interval with a neat bit of control and fine finish.

Jack Pinder put the Traf lads in front but a great finish from Robbie Hawkes levelled the scores again.

Sub Jenkinson earned the win - and the title - for Traf with his finish and sparked celebrations at the final whistle among the new champions - who cannot be promoted as their first team are in the top flight. Shakespeare were already promoted before this game as they were assured of finishing in second spot.

Jenkinson’s co-manager Joel Ramm was delighted by his team’s achievements.

“This is a brilliant end to a season which we started with a defeat and we looked like folding at one point, so Luke and I took over and we started to get some momentum. I was keen to keep the reserve team going as we have some great players, and that has been proved today.

“Hopefully this is just the first leg of a title double as we are now hoping our first team can win the division one crown on Sunday.”

He added: “Joe Logan was excellent at centre-back for us, while central midfielder Al Wray was also on top form once again.”

Shakespeare manager Col Jenkinson said: “We did not play particularly well, and never really got going, but credit to Traf as they wanted it more. Jack Pinder and Alec Coulson were excellent for Joel’s team.”

West Riding 7 (K Link 5, R Link 2) Fylingdales 1

Brothers Kieran and Ryan Link fired West Riding to victory against their rivals and ensured they finish in third spot - which may be enough to see them invited to step up to the top flight.

With champions Traf Reserves unable to gain promotion, theres is one spot up for grabs and West Riding are first in line for this place.

Kieran Link smashed in a superb five goals from central midfield while younger sibling Ryan scored the other two. The pick of the goals was a powerful free-kick by Kieran that fizzed into the top corner of the Fylingdales net.

Right-back Matty Whitehall was man of the match for the victors.

Division three

Filey Flyers Reserves 7 (Pinder 3, Sugden 2, M Hunter, Sheldon) Whitby Wanderers 5 - played at Whitby

Flyers boosted their promotion chances with this defeat of rivals Wanderers.

Liam Sugden netted Flyers’ opener, with Scott Sheldon adding a second before Sugden smashed in a 30-yard free-kick for the title-chasers.

James Pinder netted the fourth, Mikey Hunter the fifth and Pinder added two more to seal the win and complete his hat-trick.