Heslerton seal Beckett Premier title after dramatic final day

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HESLERTON pulled off a massive shock by winning the Scarborough Readers Beckett Premier League after a dramatic final day to the 2011 campaign on Saturday - becoming the most successful team in the competition’s history in the process.

Going into the last day of the season, Heslerton were huge outsiders with Staxton hot favourites to pick up the title on their travels at relegation-threatened Kirkbymoorside, but Heslerton’s 13th title took them clear of Cayton, who they were previously tied with on 12.

But Heslerton’s victory at home to Forge Valley secured them 18 massively valuable points that saw them usurp Staxton by two points and take the title in their first season in the top flight after winning promotion from division A last season.

Staxton will be bitterly disappointed to miss out on the title by a small margin again after losing out by just a single point last time round.

Heslerton will be delighted to take their first title since 1996 though, with their victory ensuring that Staxton’s conquerers Kirkby will have to take on Forge Valley in a relegation play-off to see who joins already relegated Cloughton in division A next season.

Delighted skipper Simon Oxendale said: “We knew we were outsiders going into our match but we also knew that Kirkby were fighting to stay up, so we always had a chance.

“We kept saying all we could do is win though and when we came off and saw the trophy sat there with smiles on people’s faces, it was priceless.

“The lads were superb yesterday but they have been all season. We have only used about 12 players all season which shows the commitment of the side. We thought we’d blown it a few weeks ago so to win it on the last day is fantastic.”