Saturday League: Barker shines as Pier edge past Edgehill to make cup final

MORE FROM EDGEHILL 2-3 WEST PIER IN THURSDAY'S SCARBOROUGH NEWS
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West Pier will contest their first North Riding County FA cup final after they overcame Edgehill 3-2 in their much-anticpated semi-final at Staxton.

NORTH RIDING COUNTY FA SATURDAY CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINAL

130954e  Action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday.   Photo by Andrew Higgins    02/03/2013

130954e Action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 02/03/2013

EDGEHILL 2 (White, Craig) WEST PIER 3 (S Sheader, D Cooper, M Barker)

Andy Spivey’s West Pier made history as they made it through to their first County Cup final after beating rivals Edgehill 3-2 at Staxton in their North Riding County FA Saturday Challenge Cup semi-final.

Pier went into the game seeking revenge after they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by their opponents in the league just weeks ago, and they had to come from behind in this crunch cup clash as well.

Steve Clegg’s Edgehill were ahead after 11 minutes when Dean Craig’s free-kick found centre-back Danny White to tap in for 1-0.

130954t  Action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday.   Photo by Andrew Higgins    02/03/2013

130954t Action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 02/03/2013

Pier rallied and were only behind for seven minutes.

Mikey Barker’s whipped corner found his teammate Steve Sheader unmarked at the far post and his controlled half-volley flew past Edgehill keeper Martin Cappleman.

The away side were in front just two minutes later when another Barker corner was finished off, this time midfielder Danny Cooper nodded in for 2-1.

The game’s only controversial moment came when Pier striker Gareth Sygrove and Edgehill’s Dean Craig came together head-to-head and Sygrove was shown a yellow card, much to the annoyance of Edgehill boss Clegg.

130954z  Action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday.   Photo by Andrew Higgins    02/03/2013

130954z Action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 02/03/2013

Sygrove suffered a broken ankle after a robust challenge from Edgehill’s Paul Allick and had to be taken to Scarborough Hospital.

Edgehill midfielder Craig was having a big influence on proceedings and he levelled matters up again on 34 minutes.

Clever hold-up play from striker Alec Coulson found Craig in space just outside the box and Craig smashed into the top corner past Pier keeper Jon Hyde and the sides went in level at the break at 2-2.

Pier got their noses in front on the hour mark when Barker, who had laid on the first two goals for Spivey’s men, managed to get his name on the scoresheet with what proved to be the winner.

130954zz  Watching the action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday.   Photo by Andrew Higgins    02/03/2013

130954zz Watching the action from the County Cup semi-final, West Pier FC v Edgehill FC (orange strip), at Staxton, Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 02/03/2013

Barker managed to nip in between keeper and defender and toe-poke into the empty net for 3-2.

Edgehill tried to force their way back into the contest but they found Pier keeper Hyde in inspired form.

Hyde saved from Lloyd Henderson before producing a stunning stop to keep out a thunderous Phil Warnett volley.

Pier managed to hold on and will tackle Thirsk or Redcar Newmarket in the final at Stockton.

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