Filey and West Pier win to seal District Cup final date

Ayton v Filey ,Filey score first goal. .Picture Richard Ponter.120869c
Ayton v Filey ,Filey score first goal. .Picture Richard Ponter.120869c
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Filey Town and West Pier booked their places in the final of the FA District Cup after defeating Ayton and Whitby Fishermen’s Society respectively in their semi-final ties.

Dave Brannan’s Filey Town side needed extra-time to see off Ayton at Wilson’s Lane.

Ayton v Filey ,Ayton on the ball.Picture Richard Ponter.120869b.

Ayton v Filey ,Ayton on the ball.Picture Richard Ponter.120869b.

Ayton were slow out of the blocks and their visitors duly took advantage, James Pinder’s quick-fire double putting Town 2-0 ahead after just 15 minutes.

Despite their poor start to the game, Ayton were back in it when Alex Hamilton poked the ball over the line after Chris McNeil’s shot rebounded into his path.

Ayton left it late to grab an equaliser after a much improved second-half showing. Substitute Chris Stubbings eventually levelling the scores with a clever lob four minutes into added time, which sent the game into extra-time.

Phil Dickens put Filey 3-2 up early in the first period of extra-time, before a brace from James Jenkinson ended the tie as a contest.

Ayton v Filey ,Ayton on the ball.Picture Richard Ponter.120869e

Ayton v Filey ,Ayton on the ball.Picture Richard Ponter.120869e

Danny Stevens was Ayton’s man of the match, bravely playing on despite suffering a head injury in the opening stages of the match.

Danny Baldry was Filey’s star performer after an energetic display on the left wing.

A Jamie Bradshaw goal five minutes after half-time was enough to see West Pier to a 1-0 win over second division promotion hopefuls Whitby Fishermen’s Society.

In a scrappy game in which both sides struggled to create many goal-scoring opportunities, Pier thought they had taken the lead in the first-half when Neil Thomas had the ball in the back of the net, but the effort was disallowed due to a handball in the build up.

Pier did eventually break the deadlock when Bradshaw cut in from the left wing and beat a couple of defenders before finishing neatly for what proved to be the game’s decisive goal.

Midfielder John Barlow was in decent form for Whitby, while Pier boss Andy Spivey picked out his back four as being his side’s key men.

Spivey said: “Josh Clayton, James Wardle, Steve Sheader and Sam Hyde all deserve a mention because our back four defended really well.

“We looked solid defensively, we never really let them get in behind us.

“It was a scrappy game of very few chances, not much football was played, but the important thing was to get ourselves into the final.”