Trafalgar maintained their title push in the Scarborough News Sunday League first division with a 7-2 victory at defending champions West Pier on Tuesday night at Flixton.
West Pier 2 (Speight, Bradshaw) Trafalgar 7 (Salt 3, Ramm 2, Aziz, Caw)
Player-manager Liam Salt led by example with a hat-trick as his Traf side took a step closer to securing the division one title with this win at Pier’s Flixton ground.
Midfielder Joel Ramm gave Traf the lead, but Pier striker Rob Speight levelled for the home side.
Ramm struck again to give the visitors a slender 2-1 lead at the half-time interval.
Salt notched early in the second half to make it 3-1, with Wayne Aziz adding a fourth for the pacesetters.
Jamie Bradshaw gave Pier brief hope with a second goal, but Salt’s second eased Traf’s nerves and a strike from young winger Ali Caw made it 6-2.
Salt completed his treble to cap the win for Traf.
Salt singled out Aziz, who was playing in the hole behind the strikers, and keeper Chris Dove as the star players for his side, who are now three points clear of second-placed Newlands, but with a far superior goal difference.
Newlands can draw level on points if they beat basement club Strongwood next Tuesday, this will then take it to the final full Sunday programme of the season, May 5, with Newlands facing a tricky trip to Pier and Traf at home to relegation-battlers Seamer.
Filey Flyers Reserves 3 (M Hunter pen, Lambert, Sheldon) Castle 2
Flyers battled back from 1-0 down to earn a crucial home win against a much-improved Castle outfit.
The visitors led 1-0 at half-time, but a Mike Hunter spot-kick levelled the scores early in the second half.
Lee Lambert put Flyers in front after latching onto a defence-splitting pass from Dave Brannan Jnr.
Scott Sheldon’s header from a free-kick by Ryan Baldry made it 3-1 to Flyers although the visitors netted a second in the 75th minute to make it an anxious final quarter-hour for the second-placed side. Flyers are now only two points behind leaders Cayton Corinthians, both sides having three games left to play.
Joe Eblet was named man of the match for the victors.