KIRKBYMOORSIDE secured the Specsavers Under-11s Red League title with a hard-earned 3-2 win over rivals Cayton Corinthians on Saturday.
The Cayton team bounced back to claim a 3-2 win at home to Scalby the following day, which was enough to secure their place as runners-up in the league.
The Saturday morning fixture was a cracking game with Lewis Eustace’s hat-trick firing the Moorsiders to victory.
Eustace opened the scoring for the home team but Kieran Wade unleashed a shot from the edge of the box to equalise and leave the score 1-1 at half-time.
Kirkby were once again quicker out of the blocks in the second half and Eustace got behind the defence twice more to complete his hat-trick and put them in the driving seat at 3-1.
This seemed to spur Cayton on, and with five minutes left Josh Lever sent in a corner which was wonderfully met by Jakob Davies, whose header flew in giving the keeper no chance.
Needing at least a draw Cayton piled forward in the dying minutes and a succession of corners gave them hope with Lee Pettitt twice stealing in at the back post with a volley and a header with both just clearing the cross-bar.
In the home game against Scalby, Cayton had to come from behind once again, this time claiming the victory required to secure the runners-up spot,
The hosts started the brighter but a Scalby counter-attack saw Ben Minghella thread an inch-perfect through-ball into the path of Owen Sellers who made no mistake in front of goal to give Scalby the lead.
Playing some lovely passing football Cayton got their rewards when Wade jinked his way past a couple of defenders before lashing home an unstoppable shot.
Moments later Ben Atkinson went on a run down the right side, his powerful cross-come-shot flying into the far top corner of the goal to hand Cayton a 2-1 lead at the interval.
Scalby worked hard to get themselves back in the game and were back on level terms when Cayton stopper Nat Drayton saved a shot only to see Matthew Bourne quickest to react to the loose ball and fire it into an empty net.
Honours were looking like ending all even until in injury-time when Atkinson was upended about 30 yards from goal, Cayton captain Lever stepped up and drilled home the free-kick to snatch victory and clinch second place in the league.
Scalby’s Finlay Davison-Ward impressed in the visitors defence, with the defensive trio of Brandon Coyle, Andy Griffiths and Tom Woodhead all playing well for the home team.
Cayton manager Tony Lever said: “I would like to say a big well done to all the lads in their first season together here at Cayton, it has been a pleasure having them and a real enjoyable season. I am really proud of them all.”
Holt shared the spoils with Scholes Park Marauders after a 1-1 draw.
Ryan Jennings opened the scoring for Holt in an end-to-end encounter with both teams playing well.
The Marauders levelled in the second half, giving both sides a point which was a fair outcome.
Striker Jordan Banks had an excellent game for Holt, while midfielder Jack Robinson-Beswick and defender Harrison Langton also sparkled.