Pier manager Spivey looking for title edge

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WEST Pier boss Andy Spivey is hoping to get the psychological edge over Saturday League division one title rivals Edgehill with a victory over relegation-threatened Cayton Corinthians tomorrow.

Edgehill are involved in Coastal Shellfish Cup semi-final action when they take on Eastfield St James and if Spivey’s charges can pick up maximum points then they will leapfrog Edgehill to the top of the pile.

Spivey said: “If we can get the win and go top then it definitely gives us a bit of an edge psychologically and that would be a boost for everyone at the club.

“But we know that, despite them fighting relegation, Cayton will give us a game and they always seem to lift their performances against us.

“We have not actually played that well in recent weeks but have still managed to pick up results because we have based our season on a solid defence.

“Defenders Josh Clayton, James Wardle, Steve Sheader and Sam Hyde have been excellent, so we are hard to score against.

“Saying that, we are not merely a defensive side and we do look to go out and score goals. Hopefully we will do that against Cayton on Saturday and take a step closer to pushing for the league title.”

Also heavily involved in the relegation fight are rock-bottom Scalby who have a big game at home to Westover Wasps on Saturday.

Their player-manager Matthew Scott said: “This is easily our biggest game of the season and we desperately need a win.

“We lost against Westover earlier in the season and lost 5-3 after we were 3-0 up, so we know that we can score goals past them.

“Last weekend we lost 3-1 against Edgehill but the performance was very encouraging.

“Tomorrow we can help boost our bid to beat the drop withn a win, but we will also need some teams to do us a favour or two in the run-in.”

Scalby have so far picked up just eight points from their 15 games played, with second-from- bottom Cayton on 10 points from 17 games so Scalby do have games in hand.

Scott added: “It is not impossible for us to stay up but it will be difficult and we have to still play a lot of the teams high up in the division.

“I am pleased with the effort the lads have put in and the likes of Adam Stride and Jason Oxley have been very committed to the cause.”

Fishburn Park and Hunmanby United are also still involved in the relegation fight and they play each other tomorrow at Sands Lane.

Park are just a single point ahead of Cayton and are third-from-bottom in the table while United are fourth-from-bottom but have six more points than Park.

Meanwhile, Newlands, who have an outside chance of winning the league, are at mid-table Ayton.

Newlands are third in the table, 11 points behind leaders Edgehill but they have four games in hand over the leaders.

In the second division, promotion-chasing Flixton will be looking to continue their good form and push for a place in the top flight when they entertain FC Rosette.

And they will be hoping striker Ian Laing can find the net again after he hit a hat-trick in their 4-0 victory over Rillington Athletic last time out.

Flixton are second in the table and are looking to make the second promotion spot their own after Seamer sealed their promotion last weekend.

Struggling Nelson face a tough task when they entertain Newlands Reserves.

Nelson are fighting relegation and are in much need of the three points.

In the other second division encounter Seamer will be looking to move a step closer to winning the title when they go to Rillington Athletic.