Falsgrave benefit at the top

Saturday Football'FC Soba(blue/yellow) v Snainton'Picture by Neil Silk  121173a'17/03/12
Saturday Football'FC Soba(blue/yellow) v Snainton'Picture by Neil Silk 121173a'17/03/12
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FALSGRAVE were the chief beneficiaries in the battle for promotion from division three, as they beat nine-man Scalby Reserves while rivals FC Soba and Snainton couldn’t be separated.

FC Soba and Snainton lay just behind leaders Falsgrave before their game and knew that a win could boost their chances of moving into division two.

Saturday Football'FC Soba(blue/yellow) v Snainton'Picture by Neil Silk  121173a'17/03/12

Saturday Football'FC Soba(blue/yellow) v Snainton'Picture by Neil Silk 121173a'17/03/12

Mike Keld’s men took the lead when Terence Breckon converted after a scramble.

But they were soon pegged back by a neat Lee Hodges finish that saw the sides go in level at the break.

Soba’s back four were called into action in the second half as Snainton pressed for the win, but man of the match John Wood pulled off some neat saves and Liam Cooper struck the post to ensure the sides had to settle for a point each.

Falsgrave’s promotion is in their own hands after they beat a depleted Scalby Reserves side 7-0 at Carr Lane.

A Mikey Anderson penalty broke the deadlock after 20 minutes, before Falsgrave received some good fortune when a shot hit the bar and cannoned back into the net off the keeper.

Rich Tolliday made it 3-0 before Danny Marston managed to deflect a goalbound effort in to make it 4-0.

Kieran Link got Falsgrave’s fifth with a neat finish into the bottom corner and the goal of the game - a fierce strike from range from Tolliday - made it 6-0.

The scoring was completed by Alan McCarten’s first of the season.

Ayton Reserves picked up three points from their home clash against Seamer Reserves.

Man of the match Tom Duckworth fired Mark Plumpton’s men into a 1-0 lead after half an hour after a neat exchange with Steven Frederikson.

Player-boss Plumpton almost doubled their lead, but he saw his left-footed volley richochet back off the post.

Ayton went 2-0 up when Duckworth flicked the ball up and volleyed superbly over the keeper for the goal of the game.

And the scoring was completed when Sam Wallace was able to tap in after good work by Tyson Stubbings.

In the final game in the division, Whitby-based outfit Sleights were able to see-off rock-bottom Ganton 3-0.

Ganton have now conceded 149 goals from their 19 games to date.