Edgehill extend gap at the top

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EDGEHILL took full advantage of West Pier’s defeat on Monday night with a comfortable 6-1 success at Scalby.

Edgehill were forced to come from behind against James Minghella’s men though after a long punt forward by keeper Danny Gregory was diverted into his own net by Ricky Nock.

But the league leaders were straight back on the front foot and Leigh Watson was on hand at the far post to tap home an equaliser minutes later.

Alec Coulson’s men took the lead when striker Luke Jenkinson riggled free in the area before curling into the far post.

Jamie Patterson and debutant Georgie Rose were pulling the strings in the Edgehill midfield but Scalby managed to keep it at 2-1 going into the break.

Edgehill completely dominated the second half and Patterson made it 3-1 with a sublime strike before Rose capped his debut with a precise volley into the bottom corner.

Patterson was again on the score-sheet to make it 5-1 when he volleyed in before Jenkinson showed his pace and strength by beating the Scalby full-back and slotting under the advancing keeper.

Flixton kept their dwindling hopes of staying up alive when they collected a 3-2 win at Sherburn, who require a miracle to avoid the drop.

Luke Midgley came up with the goods for the away side as he netted two crucial goals, while Paul Shepherdson also scored to seal a huge win, despite a spirited second half showing by Andy Adamson’s men.

One of the teams Flixton will be looking to chase down in order to stay in the top flight will be Westover Wasps, who suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at Ayton.

Chris Townsend’s Westover started like a house on fire, putting Ayton under severe pressure but just failing to find the back of the net.

Ayton punished their visitors when John Bateman got on the end of a Stevie Roberts cross to fire in.

The second half was a scrappy affair, with both sides struggling to create any clear cut chances.

Ayton’s back-line of Paul Thornton and Alex Hamilton, as well as keeper Phil Holden all played superbly to keep Westover at bay.

Ayton were dealt a blow when young utility man Danny Stevens was forced off with a suspected broken ankle.

In division two, Fishburn Park dropped two points and saw their promotion hopes dented after they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at home to Newlands Park Reserves.

The result will boost leaders Ryedale, and Seamer in fourth, who are gunning for promotion into division one.