Players set for the battle of Trafalgar

SLIDING IN ... Dave Bramley
SLIDING IN ... Dave Bramley

THIS weekend sees a club derby clash when Trafalgar tackle Trafalgar Reserves in the quarter-final of the Senior Cup.

And Reserves boss John Wood is hoping his side can take advantage of Traf’s 4-3 defeat at the hands of Newlands on penalties last weekend in the semi-finals of the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup.

Wood said: “Hopefully they will still be a bit down after last Sunday’s defeat and my boys will be well up for it.

“We can’t win the second division and we won’t get relegated so we will be going all out to win this one

“We played them in a cup earlier in the season and they beat us 5-1 but I think it could be a bit different this time out.”

It will be a case of the Reserves trying to cause the upset but Wood knows he has some players at his disposal that can make a difference.

He added: “Alex Wray has led the team superbly from the heart of the defence this season while Dave Bramley, our top scorer, has been superb up front.

“Whatever side they put out they will be strong and they always pose a goal threat to whoever they play.

“We will look to get at Ricky Nock if we can but we will have to keep an eye on the likes of Jamie Patterson who always has a goal in him and can create something out of nothing.”

In the other quarter-final being played this weekend second division high-flyers Victoria entertain top-flight Newlands.

Victoria are second in the division and only have one league game remaining so they may miss out on promotion.

Billy Johnson’s men will be keen to progress to the semi-finals but know it will be a difficult task against a strong Newlands outfit.

West Pier have the opportunity to move closer towards winning the first division title if they can get the better of Strongwood at home.

Pier are level on 30 points with Staxton at the top of the table but Dave Bates’ Staxton charges have completed four more games.

Also in division one, strugglers Angel will be doing their best to try and get something from their home game against Star.

Angel are joint bottom of the table with Ayton on four points each, with Hunmanby Hornets just above them, only three points clear.

However, Angel still have three games in hand over the Hornets so the scene is set for a thrilling finale to the season.

Division two leaders Filey Flyers will be confident of picking up maximum points from their fixture at relegation-haunted Sun Inn which would see them all but clinch the league title, while fellow strugglers Strongwood Reserves face itis itis.

Flyers skipper Matty Dickens said: “If we can win this game then we only need another point to wrap up the league.

“We have to be careful not to slip up though because we have put a lot of effort in over the season.

“Sun might be in the bottom two but they do have some decent players such as brothers Carl and Gary Hepples.

Strongwood’s league match last week against Sun was abandoned with eight minutes remaining when the Eastfield team’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Wood broke his leg in an accidental collision.

Strongwood boss Steve Mainprize said: “Obviously we are all gutted for Jordan because he is a young lad who just wants to play.

“He has got a plate in his leg and there is no chance of him playing any football in the next six months.

“He is a bubbly character though and will bounce back.

“As for the game against itis itis we may be struggling for a side, and the first team are playing Pier so it will make it hard to borrow any of their lads but we will just have to see what happens.”

Seamer have a match against the Pirates which they need to win to have a chance of catching Filey Flyers for the title.

Pirates suffered a heavy defeat last time out when they were hammered 6-0 by Victoria while Seamer came from a goal to get the better of itis itis 3-1.

Seamer manager James Prethero said: “We need for Filey to slip up and hope that we can continue our impressive form.

“We have been playing some cracking football lately, and players such as Joe Danby, Chris Hannam, James Seymour and Luke Jones have impressed.”

Also in division two FC Filey are set to welcome high-flying Fylingdales who are currently third in the table.

Division three table-toppers West Pier Reserves will be looking to extend their advantage at the top of the pile when they play Scarborough Sports away.

Pier had to work hard for a 2-0 win over rock-bottom Albert last Sunday with goals coming from Chris Weetman and James Temple.

Third-placed Turks Head can keep the pressure up on the top two if they get maximum points against the team directly below them in the division, Victoria Reserves, when they meet at Oliver’s Mount Sunday morning.

Cayton Corinthians are second and have a home match against struggling Alma.

Cayton’s boss John Best said: “It will be interesting to see who finishes in the top two places but we will do everything we can to get promotion.

“We have a good mixture of youth and experience with Harry Holden, Jake McAleese, Tom Sixsmith, Shaun Rennison and Marcus Jones all doing well.”

Also in division three Castle Tavern are at home to Manor while Commercial entertain Whitby Wanderers.