Saturday League: Cup reports - Fishermen cruise into last four

Middleton Rovers' number eight fires one of his sides seven goals during their comfortable win at Filey Town Reserves in the ERCFA Saturday Country Cup. Picture: Steve Lilly
Middleton Rovers' number eight fires one of his sides seven goals during their comfortable win at Filey Town Reserves in the ERCFA Saturday Country Cup. Picture: Steve Lilly

Whitby Fishermen's Society joined West Pier in making the semi-finals of the North Riding County FA Saturday Challenge Cup after a 5-1 win against Itis Itis Rovers.

Mark Storr's Fishermen booked their place in the last four of the NRCFA competition following a second-half surge against their tiring third division opponents Itis Itis.

Paul Tose opened the scoring for the hosts after finishing neatly when one-on-one with the Rovers keeper.

Their lead was doubled when Karl Storr showed great composure to lob the Rovers keeper to ensure they led 2-0 at the break.

It was soon 3-0 when Dan Smith fired in from the edge of the box, but the away side rallied and hit back to reduce their deficit.

The result was then put beyond doubt when Sam Russell finished neatly after being put through on the keeper, before Dave Welham's free-kick rounded things off at 5-1.

Boss Storr singled out midfield trio Steve Swales, Jordan Purvis and Tose as his side's star men.

Seamer Reserves held their nerve from the spot to dump Goal Sports out of the Junior Cup on penalties.

Goal Sports enjoyed plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges and thought they'd broken the deadlock when Dan Pollard tapped in after Mike Grayshan's effort had come back off the woodwork, only for the linesman's flag to put a halt to their celebrations.

It took until the 65th minute for the deadlock to be broken and it came in spectacular fashion, Seamer stalwart Matty Dawson smashing in a stunning effort from long-range to put his side ahead.

Goal Sports rallied and nicked an equaliser after 80 minutes when Pollard teed up Kieran Friett to level matters up at 1-1 and send the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Seamer held their nerve from the spot, while Tyson Stubbings, Friett and Pollard all failed to convert, handing the home side a 3-1 win in the shoot-out and a spot in the next round.

Eastway Sports battled past a resilient Fishburn Park Reserves side to make progress into the semi-finals of the Frank White Trophy.

The away side flew out of the traps and after winning the ball deep in Eastway territory, they found the back of the net to stun their hosts and take a 1-0 lead.

That lead wasn't to last long as Eric Hall took advantage of a fumble by the Park keeper before tapping into the empty net to make it 1-1 after just five minutes.

While it looked like the game would be something of a goal-fest, the home side had to wait until the 83rd minute to get their winner.

Hall latched onto man of the match Andy Dennis' long throw-in and smashed into the bottom corner with his left foot to seal Eastway's spot in the semi-finals.

Boss Steve Mainprize was quick to praise their opponents though. He said: "Credit to them, they never stopped battling and it was a close game.

"Our defence were brilliant though and Andy Dennis stood out for us at left-back."

It was a day to forget for Filey Town Reserves in the East Riding Senior Country Cup after a 7-1 humbling at home by Middleton Rovers.

It wasn't to be Town's day as Rovers ran riot, despite their solitary goal from Matty Dickens.