Pier fight back to net final win

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WEST Pier battled back from a goal down to claim a 3-1 win in Sunday’s Senior Cup final against Newlands at Seamer Sports Association.

Paddy Parke’s troops were stunned by an early strike from Paddy Mancrief, the chance created by a sloppy back-pass from Pier defender Scott Eccles.

Pier worked their way back into the cup final after a sluggish opening spell, and they got back on level terms on the 15-minute mark when Steve Sheader chased down a long pass and dinked the ball past Newlands keeper Kane Seavers.

Parke’s team then took the lead with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area by in-form striker Neil Thomas.

Martin Cooper struck the cross-bar just before half-time, and the same player hit the post early in the second period.

Seavers pulled off a strong of superb saves in the face of a sustained spell of Pier pressure, which finally took its toll when they scored their third goal to secure the cup.

Tom Barker crossed the ball into the area and Gary Thomas - Neil’s older brother - headed in at the far post to spark the Pier party.

A delighted Parke said after the final whistle: “I cannot pick out a man of the match as they were all superb for 75 minutes - we were very poor for the first 15 and paid the price with a sloppy goal.

“We still have a Sunday FA Cup semi-final with Staxton this weekend, so there is a chance of a cup double, which would be a great achievement.

“I would like to say a big thank-you to assistant manager Andy Sheader for all the hard work he has put in this season behind the scenes.”