Pickering hit back to knock Ayton out of cup

The youngsters of top of the league Scholes Park Raiders under-10s led by vice captain Harrie Leighton, front left, and captain Jack Scarborough, front centre, celebrate their sponsorship from Maurice, right, of The Band Restaurant on Victoria Road, pictured with their assistant manager Jon Scarborough, back right, and manager Sean Leighton.  Photo by Andrew Higgins 124521    06/11/12
The youngsters of top of the league Scholes Park Raiders under-10s led by vice captain Harrie Leighton, front left, and captain Jack Scarborough, front centre, celebrate their sponsorship from Maurice, right, of The Band Restaurant on Victoria Road, pictured with their assistant manager Jon Scarborough, back right, and manager Sean Leighton. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124521 06/11/12
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Pickering Town under-11s produced a great second-half comeback to win 3-1 against Ayton Athletic in the Scarborough FA Minor Cup.

Athletic took the lead early on in the first half with a fine finish.

Despite Town creating several opportunities, and with George Ridler the Ryedale side’s chief threat, they could not break down the stubborn Ayton defence before the interval.

Ridler’s persistence paid off early in the second half when he tapped the ball into the net after Tom Wright had played the ball into the six-yard box.

Matty Nicholson then put Town 2-1 in front, spotting the Ayton keeper off his line, he turned and lobbed the ball over the keeper from well outside the penalty area.

Wright played Jack Balderson in late on, the latter slamming the ball into the roof of the net to secure the Pikes a spot in the next round of the cup competition.

Heslerton under-10s made a big dent in Scalby’s title hopes with a 3-0 home victory, and halting the visitors’ unbeaten start to the Scarborough Minor League season.

New recruit David Haywood was the star man for the home side on his debut, banging in all three goals against his old team.

Scalby under-13s also had a bad day, losing 5-0 at Brooklyn in the Scarborough FA Minor Cup.

Josh Berry scored twice for the hosts, with Josh Carter, Tom Walsh and Luke Scott also on target for the Norton-based team.