WEST Pier Reserves maintained their position at the top of the table as they claimed an important 3-0 victory at Scarborough Sports.
Pier were on the front from the start and took the lead when Danny Cooper converted a cross from Nick Bell midway through the first half.
Fifteen minutes into the second half and Pier doubled their advantage when Bell got on the scoresheet himself when he managed to score direct from a corner.
And the same player rounded things off when he produced a looping header at the back post.
Defender Stu Butler was the man of the match for Mark Tucker’s Pier side.
Tucker said: “We know that there are a couple of sides behind us who can catch us so it is important that we keep on winning.
“I always felt that we were on top in this game and once we went ahead I never thought that we would not win the game.”
Tom Sixsmith banged in a hat-trick for Cayton Corinthians as they hammered Alma 8-0 at home.
Cayton are hot on the heels of West Pier in the title race and this victory means Pier are definitely still looking over their shoulders.
Scott Davidson netted a brace for John Best’s Cayton outfit while the player-boss also got among the goalscoring act.
Michael Dennis and Eddie Mackenzie completed the scoring list for the victors.
Dennis, who was named man of the match, scored the goal of the game with a fine individual effort.
Former Boro ace Marcus Jones had a fine game in the middle of the park for Pier.
Cayton’s player-boss John Best said: “It was another impressive display from the lads and we were always in control of the game.
“We took our chances well and I was pleased with the performance.”
Mikey Barker and Dane Ramos both completed a hat-trick for another side pushing at the top, Turks Head, as they beat Victoria Reserves 11-1.
The game was all-square at the interval with Tom Scales scoring his first of a brace for Turks, while Robin Coulson hit the target for Victoria.
Hosts Turks took control in the second half with both Ramos and Scales impressing in front of goal, while Scales completed his double, along with Jon Cairns and Damien Robinson also registered.
Ramos scored the best goal of the game when he went on a solo run before firing home past the Victoria keeper.
Turks Head boss Colin Jenkinson said: “That was our best performance of the season in the second half and I am very proud of the lads.
“Our back four were solid and that gave us a platform to build from, and go and pick up the three points.”
Manor picked up only their third win of the campaign when they saw off the challenge of Castle Tavern 5-1.
Manor took the lead when Tyson Stubbings found the back of the net and were 2-0 ahead when Danny Appleby netted.
Tavern pulled on back before the break but Manor dominated the second half with goals from Jamie Gilligan, Dan Pickard and player-boss Lee Sutton.
Mike Clark continued his good goalscoring form as his Commercial side claimed a 3-0 home victory over Whitby Wanderers.
Clark fired in the first two goals for Geoff Osguthorpe’s side before Nick Palmer registered.
Tom Black, Ollie Barron, Stu Lincoln and Osguthorpe all impressed for Commercial.