Newlands see off Traf to book cup final spot

DRIVING ON ... Newlands ace Jack Hakings
DRIVING ON ... Newlands ace Jack Hakings

NEWLANDS are proving to be Trafalgar’s bogey side after they beat them in a second cup semi-final of the season.

Joe Hakings’ charges dumped Trafalgar out of the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup at the same stage 4-3 on penalties after extra-time.

This time it was the Scarborough & District FA Sunday Cup semi-final with Newlands walking away with a 3-2 victory.

Newlands were a goal to the good after 10 minutes when Jason Harrison fired home from around 20 yards.

The advantage was doubled before the break when Jack Hakings found the back of the net.

Trafalgar clawed a goal back early in the second half when Sean Exley registered but Newlands restored their two-goal advantage when Michael Wilson scored.

Traf made sure it was a nervy final five minutes for Newlands when Kris Tate converted a penalty but Newlands held firm for the victory.

Newlands boss Hakings said: “It was a great display from the lads and we are delighted to be into the final.

“We lost our goalkeeper George Elliott through injury at half-time and we had to put striker Eric Hall in goal and he did a good job.

“Josh Hakings was probably our man of the match and he put in a top display but the whole team worked very hard.”

Trafalgar boss Liam Salt added: “We had a few players missing but that is not an excuse.

“We are disappointed to have lost the game but we move on.”

Newlands will face Star in the final of the competition after they hammered third division Commercial 5-1 in the other semi-final.

Striker Nick Hegarty was the top man for Star as he ended the game with a hat-trick.

Commercial were a goal up when Mike Clark fired home from 30 yards out.

Star were back on level terms just five minutes later when Hegarty scored from close range.

Star took control of the second half and were 2-1 ahead when Hegarty netted his second of the game and the same player completed his hat-trick to make it 3-1 to Star.

Further goals were added through Dean Lill and Ben Briggs as Star booked their spot in the final.

Star boss Mark Barber said: “We pretty much dominated the game but fair play to them for putting in such a battling performance.

“Our man of the match was Anthony Pickles in defence while I was also impressed with substitute Kyle May who set up two goals when he was introduced.”