Salt hat-trick seals Traf final win despite late Newlands revival

Trafalgar celebrate their Sunday FA Cup final win against Newlands
Trafalgar celebrate their Sunday FA Cup final win against Newlands

Trafalgar skipper Liam Salt smashed in a hat-trick to steer his side to a 3-2 win against Newlands in the Scarborough FA Sunday Cup final at Thornton-le-Dale.

Sunday League champions Newlands, who also won the Senior Cup and Kenward Cup finals, were denied a clean sweep of the local competitions as Traf, who won the NRCFA Sunday Challenge Cup last month, held on for the win despite a late comeback from Newlands.

Newlands skipper Jordan Philliskirk holds off fellow captain Liam Salt (Trafalgar)

Newlands skipper Jordan Philliskirk holds off fellow captain Liam Salt (Trafalgar)

The final got under to a ferocious start with both sides attacking from the off, Traf defender Wayne Aziz heading wide when unmarked from a 11th-minute corner then a minute later Newlands striker Danny Glendinning raced past the Traf defence and smacked a shot against the bar from an acute angle.

The match then became a touch niggly as play was broken up by free-kicks for late challenges and offsides, Traf also had to re-organise after centre-back Shaun Dodson had to come off due to a recurring back injury with Danny Price taking his place..

Drew McCoubrey was a constant menace with his free-kicks, and Traf keeper Chris Garton pulled off a superb save on the half-hour mark the Newlands forward to keep the scores level.

Four minutes later Jimmy Beadle fired an overhead kick narrowly side after good play from Salt.

Hat-trick hero Liam Salt lifts the Sunday FA Cup

Hat-trick hero Liam Salt lifts the Sunday FA Cup

McCoubrey was in the thick of things as he was booked five minutes before half-time by referee Perrie Bunton, the match official having spoken to McCoubrey earlier in the half after a heated tangle on the touchline with experienced Traf defender Wayne Aziz. The resulting free-kick saw Price send a superb ball into the Newlands area and Beadle headed over the bar.

Three minutes later Traf took the lead when some good build-up play led to Salt steering the ball home from close range.

On the stroke of half-time Traf were thankful for the quick reactions of keeper Garton who pulled off a stunning save to deny Newlands' Matty Griffiths.

Traf made a strong start to the second half and doubled their lead in the 51st minute when a long ball found Salt on the halfway line and the striker ran through to smash the ball into the top corner of the net.

Hat-trick hero Liam Salt celebrates one of his goals

Hat-trick hero Liam Salt celebrates one of his goals

Ben Luntley then headed over when well-placed from another McCoubrey free-kick, then Dan Freer fired over after good work from Luntley.

Sub Jack Hakings was then shown a yellow card for a high challenge on Price, followed shortly by a caution for Glendinning as Newlands' tempers began to fray.

In the 64th minute, Luke Jones, who had shown some smart control and touches throughout, once again broke through the Newlands defence and squared for Salt to bundle the ball home and the game looked to be won for Col Jenkinson's troops.

Newlands refused to give up and Garton was forced into another great point-blank save, but at the other end Martin Cappleman had to be at his best to deny Salt a fourth goal.

With 12 minutes remaining Kurtis Henderson soared highest above the Traf defence to send a looping header over Garton to pull it back to 3-1 give Newlands hope.

Four minutes later Glendinniing headed in to set up a nervy finale, but Traf defended stoutly to hang onto their lead and win the Sunday FA Cup.

Traf boss Jenkinson said: "We lost the league early on by losing a game early on, so we focused on the North Riding Cup final, which we won, and this final as we wanted to take on Newlands.

"All the lads were superb today it would be unfair to single one out, I would also like to say a massive thank-you to everyone at the club especially those behind the scenes who do a lot of important work.

"Newlands did superbly to come back like that at the end, I think you definitely saw the best two teams in the league out there tonight."

Newlands: Cappleman, Nock, Philliskirk (capt), K Henderson, Briggs (Bates 72mins), Cooper (Hakings 52mins), Luntley, Freer, Griffiths, McCoubrey, Glendinning. Subs not used: L Mancrief, J Manson, M Wilson.

Trafalgar: Garton, G Rose, White, Dodson (Price 8mins), Aziz, Pickard, Link, Jones, Beadle, D Exley (C Rose 65mins), L Salt (Barker 85mins), Subs not used: Vasey, Sheader,.