Dave Brannan’s Filey Town took a huge step towards winning the first division title after a 3-2 win at Newlands, while West Pier saw their 40-game unbeaten run in the league come to a halt as Edgehill comfortably beat them 4-1.
NEWLANDS 2 (Luntley, Exley) FILEY TOWN 3 (P Dickens 2 (one pen), Pinder)
Dave Brannan’s Filey Town are now firm favourites to pick up the first division title after beating rivals Newlands 3-2 away from home.
Town led almost right from the start after a hand ball in the box gave Phil Dickens the chance to slot in from the penalty spot for 1-0.
Shaun Mancrief’s Newlands side rallied though and levelled when Scarborough Town striker Ben Luntley netted after a scramble in the area and scores remained level at the break.
Filey took control after the interval and regained their lead when James Pinder latched onto a ball over the full-back before beating a Newlands man and fired in.
The away side furthered their lead when Dickens grabbed his second after finishing neatly.
Sean Exley managed to give Newlands hope when he buried a half-volley, but Filey held on to take the win and take a huge step towards their first title in a number of years.
Boss Brannan was proud of his side’s efforts. He said: “It was pretty even game and both sides battled really well.
“A lesser referee than Steve Rowntree might have sent a few off during the game, but I thought overall we were brilliant.
“They were a lot fitter than us and that was evident, but we broke well and we’re delighted to take the win.
“We’re in the driving seat now but there is a long way to go and being top now doesn’t guarantee anything.”
WEST PIER 1 (Hyde) EDGEHILL 4 (Collins 2, A Coulson, Jenking)
West Pier’s title aspirations took a huge blow after their 40-game unbeaten streak in the league came to an abrupt end at home to an impressive Edgehill outfit.
Steve Clegg’s Edgehill were on top from start to finish and and were deserved winners against Andy Spivey’s division one champions, who will need to go on a good run if they are to usurp current leaders Filey Town and retain their title.
They were 1-0 down after 15 minutes when a resurgent Alec Coulson found the net with a neatly-placed glancing header.
It was 2-0 after 30 minutes when Phil Warnett beat his man and crossed to the back post for Aaron Jenking to fire in.
Edgehill notched a crucial third just before the break when Scarborough Town man Danny Collins latched onto a ball over the top and finished clinically.
Their dominance continued after the break when Warnett was again provider as he crossed for Collins to bag his second for 4-0.
A late Sam Hyde free-kick gave Pier a consolation, but it was nothing more than that and boss Spivey was humble in defeat after the final whistle.
He said: “We were well beaten in every department by Edgehill.
“It was 3-0 at half-time and it could have been more and we barely deserved our consolation strike in the end.
“All credit has to go to Edgehill.”
HUNMANBY UNITED 0 EASTFIELD ST JAMES 4 (Hegarty, D Baldry, Purvis, McCoubrey)
Eastfield St James took a comfortable 4-0 win from their trip to Hunmanby United.
Their opener came through player-boss Nick Hegarty before Dan Baldry made it 2-0.
A strike from Luke Purvis made it 3-0 to Eastfield before Drew McCoubrey rounded off the scoring.
Josh Carter was their man of the match as they collected three points in comfortable fashion.
SEAMER SC 0 RYEDALE 4 (Brown, Reed, Turnbull, Hornby)
All the goals came in the second half as Ryedale turned the screw to win 4-0 at Matty Dawson’s Seamer.
Scores were level at the break after an even first half but John Reed’s Ryedale dominated after the half-time oranges to take the three points.
Their first came from experienced midfielder Heath Brown, who volleyed in from a set-piece before James Reed bagged their second with his weaker left foot.
Joe Turnbull then grabbed Ryedale’s fourth after Seamer failed to clear a corner before striker Adam Hornby broke down the right before firing across the keeper to round things off at 4-0.
WESTOVER WASPS 3 (McKenzie-Fenwick 2, McCallion) Fishburn Park 0
Westover Wasps recovered from a slow start to beat relegation threatened Fishburn 3-0.
It wasn’t until the 40th minute that Dave Gaddass’ men opened the scoring, Curtis Rose’s shot was saved but Tom McKenzie-Fenwick was on hand to curl in for 1-0.
Westover doubled their lead after the break through Aiden McCallion before their third came after McKenzie-Fenwick slotted under the on-rushing keeper to round off the scoring.
Liam Buglass and Rose stood out for the victorious Wasps.
WHITBY FISHERMEN’S SOCIETY 3 AYTON 1 (Roberts)
Ayton were lethargic after a long lay-off due to the weather and suffered a 3-1 defeat on the road at Whitby Fishermen’s Society.
Steve Roberts’ men were 2-0 down at the interval and fell further behind after the break before player-boss Roberts netted to make it 3-1.
Ayton improved for the last 20 minutes but they were too far behind to cause Mark Storr’s Fishermen too many problems.