provins double seals pier cup win

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PAUL Provins’ second half brace sealed success for Andy Spivey’s West Pier in last night’s Harbour Cup final against Ayton at Bridlington Town’s Queensgate ground.

The game started in scrappy fashion, with neither side able to keep hold of possession for long enough to carve out a meaningful opportunity on goal.

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The first chance fell to Ayton when Steve Roberts fed Chris Stubbings, who could only fire into the side netting from a tight angle.

Pier should have taken a two-goal advantage shortly after as both Ronnie Lamb and Gaz Thomas blazed over when well placed to ripple the back of the Ayton net.

They were almost caught napping when Ayton broke after clearing a Pier corner, but James Wardle, who found himself one on one with Roberts, defended superbly to out-pace the striker and clear the danger.

The first half petered out with Ayton no doubt the happier side at the break, with Pier unable to find their fluent best.

The second half started in similar fashion with neither side creating chances, until Provins capitalised on a mistake by Ayton defender Rich Thomas and stroked home superbly to make it 1-0.

Ayton should have levlled when Howard Carter put Roberts clean through, but his attempted lob eluded both Pier keeper Scott Wardman and the bar.

And they were made to pay when Provins made it 2-0 after 70 minutes.

Provins’ initial effort was well saved by George Elliott but Tommy Barker followed up and fed him to net at the second attempt.

Pier’s Neil Thomas hit the bar and Ayton had a penalty shout turned away, and Pier saw the last remaining minutes out to seal the silverware.

Boss Spivey said: “I’m over the moon that we have won.

“The first half was poor but we dominated the second and Paul Provins proved the difference in the end. It was a good team effort though.”