Newlands edge out title rivals Edgehill

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A FIRST-half Eric Hall hat-trick and a Nick David free-kick helped Newlands to a comfortable win against leaders - and first division title rivals - Edgehill.

Newlands boss - and former Edgehill midfielder - Shaun Mancrief was delighted by his team’s display, but felt his side could have won by a much larger margin.

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He said: “We were too strong for them, we could well have been eight goals clear by half-time rather than 4-1 up. We created lots of chances and were good value for our win.

“Eric Hall was outstanding up front, while Dave Thompson was superb in midfield.”

Edgehill boss Terry Jenkinson agreed with his Newlands counterpart.

He said: “It would have been very unfair if we had gained any points from this game as Newlands were definitely the better team.

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“Ricky Greening, Luke Jenkinson, Danny White, Lalan Flynn and Aaron Jenking all played well, but we only created a few chances while Newlands had many more.”

Jenkinson added: “The one positive note is that Filey and West Pier drew so they only gained one point on us, so the battle for the first division title is still very open.”

Former Eastfield striker Hall opened the scoring, and soon added a second, after fine approach play by Chris Dove, to put the hosts in control, but a Ricky Greening shot evaded Newlands goalkeeper Sean Pinder to give Edgehill a brief glimmer of hope.

Nick David’s cracking free-kick restored Newlands’ two-goal advantage and Hall bagged his hat-trick shortly before the half-time interval.

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Ten minutes into the second half, new recruit Liam Frazer smashed in a stunning 25-yard free-kick to give the visitors another lifeline, but Edgehill posed no further problems to Pinder’s goal as Park secured the three points and kept themselves in the title hunt.