Junior Cup: Snainton and Ayton Reserves spot on in thrillers

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Snainton and Ayton Reserves claimed penalty shoot-out victories in the Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup second round (sponsored by Coopers of Pickering) against Flixton and Commercial respectively, while Edgehill Reserves were edged out on spot-kicks in their game at home to Lingdale United.

Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup (sponsored by Coopers of Pickering) Second round

Flixton 3 (Hughes, Jackson, Midgley) Snainton 3 (S Holt 2, R Holt) Snainton win 5-4 on penalties

Leigh Watson’s Snainton team battled back from 2-0 down to eventually claim a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win against second division rivals Flixton.

Playing with an attacking 4-3-3 line-up the home side had the better of the first half and took the lead through a James Hughes volley, the midfielder reacting well after Keith Skelton’s shot had been blocked.

Tim Jackson bundled the ball over the line from close-range after a goalmouth scramble to put Flixton 2-0 up at half-time and seemingly cruising into the next round.

Watson gave a rousing team-talk during the interval, and it seemed to have the desired effect as Snainton stepped up a gear after the break.

The visitors pulled a goal back when pacy striker Shane Holt raced through the middle of the park and smacked the ball past the Flixton keeper. Rob Holt then fired in a left-footed 20-yard shot to bring the scores level.

Flixton then stirred back into life and they took advantage of a mistake from stand-in Snainton keeper James Wilson, Luke Midgley slotting the ball into the net at the far post.

Snainton refused to buckle though and their man of the match Holt hammered home a leveller from an acute angle to take the tie to penalties.

The visitors converted all five of their penalties while Midgley’s miss proved to be Flixton’s downfall, Snainton securing a 5-4 victory.

Watson, Karl Cooper, Shane Holt, Rob Holt and Sam Wallace netted for Snainton, while Matty Miller, Skelton, Luke Chambers and veteran Paul Flack converted their spot-kicks for Flixton.

Ayton Reserves 3 (Grayston 2, Stubbings) Commercial 3 (Wilson, Jowett, Samers), Ayton win 5-4 on penalties

Mark Plumpton’s Ayton Reserves fought back from 1-0 and 3-1 down to emerge victorious on penalties at home to Commercial in this all-third division cup-tie.

Although the home side had three fine early chances they failed to convert them and Chris Wilson’s penalty handed the visitors the lead. John Grayston drilled home the equaliser from a Tyson Stubbings pull-back before half-time.

Ten minutes into the second half a superb lob from star man Jackson Jowett restored Commercial’s lead, and a dinked finish from Ryan Samers beat Sean Pinder to put Commercial 3-1 in front.

Stubbings then missed two gilt-edged chances, both headers, but Ayton soon dragged themselves back into the game.

Mike Grayshan set up Grayston to smash home a stunning volley from 20 yards, and in the final minute player-boss Plumpton flicked the ball to Stubbings, who shot home to take the match into penalties.

Pinder, Grayston, Stubbings and Plumpton were successful from the spot, and after Pinder had saved a Commercial effort, Phil Pickard blasted home the fifth Ayton spot-kick to seal their place in the next stage of the cup competition.

Edgehill Reserves 2 (Scales, Hickin) Lingdale United 2 , Lingdale win 6-5 on penalties

Despite being the better side, Edgehill Reserves bowed out of the cup on penalties to a strong, physical Lingdale outfit.

The Scarborough League team opened the scoring with a spectacular shot from long-range by Tom Scales, and up until the 80th minute there was little attacking threat from either team as it was a midfield battle with the teams cancelling each other out.

The long-ball tactic employed by the visitors finally paid off in the 80th minute when a defensive error from Edgehill allowed them in to level the scores and shortly after this the Eskvale & Cleveland League side lobbed in from 20 yards to go ahead.

In the final minute, defender Tom Hickin fired home to take the game into a penalty shoot-out.

Both sides scored all five of their penalties, United netted their sixth and unfortunately Dave Jenking shot wide to hand the visitors the win. Hickin was named as the Edgehill man of the match for a commanding display at centre-back.

Norton United 0 FC Rosette 3 (A Wray, J Wray, Shaw)

Newby-based Rosette came away from Beckett League division two side Norton United with a fine win after a great all-round team display.

The away team were the better team in the opening 45 minutes but failed to break a determined United defence down, and the home team’s only real chance of the game almost saw them snatch an unlikely lead, their effort hitting the post and rebounding into the arms of the grateful Rosette keeper.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Alex Wray, who had come on as a sub, slotted in the first goal for Rosette after playing a neat one-two with his brother Jamie. Fellow sub Lewis Palmer then set up Jamie Wray to fire in the second goal at the far post.

Wayne Shaw confirmed the victory for Rosette, sliding in at the far post to score after the home keeper, who had been on top form for most of the game, had failed to hold onto a shot.

Guy Newbold was the Rosette man of the match for a strong performance at centre-back.

Athletico2b 2 (Stockell 2) Malton & Norton Reserves 0

A couple of cracking long-range shots from right-back Adam Stockell secured Athletico2b’s 2-0 home win against Malton & Norton Reserves.

Twenty minutes into the cup-tie, Stockell smashed in a 25-yard shot with his less favoured left foot to put the home side deservedly in front.

On the hour mark Stockell’s second, this time a right-footed low drive evaded the grasp of the Malton keeper and secured Athletico2b’s win.

Man of the match for the hosts was left-sided midfielder Sam Swift.

Kirkby Reserves 4 (R Rivis 2, Nesfield, A Rivis) Scalby 2 (A Townley, C Townley)

Despite going ahead with a wonder-goal from Ash Townley, Scalby suffered a 4-2 defeat at Kirkbymoorside Reserves,

When the Kirkby keeper failed to clear properly, Ash Townley hooked the ball over his shoulder from 35 yards to put Scalby in front.

A couple of defensive errors saw the Moorsiders go 2-1 ahead by half-time and another couple of goals on the counter-attack after the break secured the win for Kirkby. Scalby hit a second goal with a Carl Townley penalty with the last kick of the game.

Ryan Rivis netted twice for Kirkby, with Arran Rivis and Lee Nesfield also on target.

Sleights 10 (Faichney 4, Watson 3, Taylor, McCarthy, Fawcett) Settrington 0

Sleights continued their 100 per cent start to the season with their biggest win so far against Beckett League Settrington.

Former Whitby Town striker Jake Faichney was the star with four goals in 13 minutes, early on. Faichney turned on the edge of the visitors’ box before firing home a low angled drive, with a quarter of an hour gone. He then stroked in Ben Watson’s low left-wing cross point-blank and added a quickfire third after a strong solo run.

The 25-year-old slammed in his fourth before the half-hour and turned provider seconds before half-time, turning Joe Leadley’s emphatic header into Watson’s path for 5-0.

The second half saw Watson quickly notch and lively left-back Simon Taylor make it seven, before Mark McCarthy fired home and Watson completed his hat-trick with a deft lob. James Fawcett put the icing on the cake late on.

Other scores: Brooklyn Res 1 Goldsborough Utd 0, Thornton Dale 3 Sinnington 4, Kirkdale United 0 Lealholm 10, Wombleton Wanderers 7 Gillamoor0.