ANDY Spivey’s West Pier are firm favourites to wrestle the division one title away from holders Edgehill after a 1-0 win against them at Staxton.
The only goal of the game came after 42 minutes when Pier centre- back Steve Sheader released striker Paul Provins, who made no mistake in calmly slotting past stand-in Edgehill stopper Ian Philliskirk.
Ricky Greening rattled the Pier crossbar, but Edgehill couldn’t find their way through a strong visiting back four of Josh Clayton, Sam Hyde, Sheader and James Wardle.
The win gives Pier a three-point gap at the summit, also with a superior goal difference and a game in hand.
Delighted boss Spivey said: “It was a massive win for us.
“I would say it definitely installs us as the favourites, but it isn’t over until the fat lady sings.
“Our back four were superb, as was Daz Crawford in front of them in the midfield.”
Newlands closed the gap on second-placed Edgehill with a comfortable 6-1 home win against Scalby.
Stu Bates and Jack Hakings both bagged a brace apiece, and there were goals for Eric Hall and Jamie Gallagher, as Newlands charged back from going 1-0 down to a Leo Morton goal for Matty Scott’s men.
Cayton’s relegation from the top flight was confirmed after they lost a scrappy affair 1-0 at Ayton.
The only goal of the game came when Chris McNeil headed in after 70 minutes.
Fishburn Park need to pick up at least three points from their last two matches to stand a chance of catching Scalby and avoid joining Cayton in division two after they lost an end-to-end encounter at Eastfield St James.
Kev David’s depleted side were missing several key men and the visitors must have thought they’d given themselves every chance of staying up as they raced into a 2-0 lead.
Goals from Danny Price and Nathan Till brought the scores back level, but Fishburn hit Eastfield on the counter-attack and restored their lead.
David’s men were back on terms after 70 minutes when a corner found its way to Chris Mann, who stabbed the ball home.
Their win was then confirmed with eight minutes left on the clock.
The impressive Till charged down the left flank and played in Luke Purvis, who made no mistake in beating the Fishburn keeper and sealing the win for Eastfield.
Filey Town’s poor run of form continued after a last-minute goal from Ryedale’s Sam Turnbull secured a 2-1 win at Clarence Drive.
Ryedale were 1-0 up after 25 minutes when a long throw somehow ended up in the back of the net after ricocheting off debutant keeper Ben Hargreaves and ending up in the back of the net with a touch from Turnbull.
Filey levelled things up when Cameron Dobson fired in after 75 minutes and the game looked to be heading for a draw until Turnbull latched onto a flick-on to finish at the back post for a 2-1 win for John Reed’s Ryedale.