Pier edge closer to division one title after Newlands win

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WEST Pier closed in on the division one title with a 2-1 win at rivals Newlands.

The visitors opened the scoring when Sam Smart headed in Martin Cooper’s corner, but an own goal from Sam Hyde brought the scores level.

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Jamie Bradshaw had an effort chalked off for offside, but Pier finally netted the winner on 70 minutes, when a nice move involving Bradshaw and Paul Provins was finished off by Neil Thomas.

Pier boss Paddy Parke hailed the efforts of his defence and keeper Scott Wardman.

Pier can now wrap up the title with a win or a draw against defending champions Traf on Thursday night, providing Traf claim a win at relegation-battlers Hunmanby Hornets tonight.

Angel can edge away from the drop zone if they can net a win at home to Newlands.

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Sun Inn can secure their second division status for another season if they can win or draw at Oliver’s Mount against itis itis this evening, sending Trafalgar Reserves down in their place.

The final division two game of the season sees Seamer travel to the Mount to take on itis itis, and a point for the village team would be enough to secure their promotion as runners-up behind Filey Flyers.

Manor finished the third division season on a high note, battling back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 at home to Whitby Wanderers.

The visitors surged into a 2-0 lead, with the strong wind at their backs, in the first half, but seasoned campaigner Simon Smart pulled a goal back just before half-time, firing a 20-yard shot past Wanderers keeper Steve Mothersdale.

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After the break, with the wind at their backs, Manor were the dominant team and levelled in the 55th minute with an 18-yard shot from Kieran Friett.

The same player then headed in superbly from the edge of the box to put Manor in front. Left-back Craig Sansom aded a fourth with a good finish after a marauding run down the left flank.

Left-winger Jamie Gilligan kept his cool to fire home the fifth and seal the points for Lee Sutton’s team.

Veteran Smart was named man of the match for a strong display in the centre of midfield.

The only remaining fixture in division three sees second-placed West Pier Reserves play host to leaders Turks Head a week on Thursday.

The visitors are three points clear of Pier, and with a goal difference 74 goals worse than Turks Head the title is already effectively heading to Col Jenkinson’s team. Both teams are already promoted.