Ayton’s unbeaten start to the Scarborough News Saturday League was halted by a shock 1-0 loss at Westover, while West Pier replaced them in top spot with a 4-0 home win against Fishburn Park, and Newlands got back on track with a 1-0 home win against Edgehill.
Westover Wasps 1 (Matson) Ayton 0
Steve Roberts’ Ayton side suffered their first league loss of the season, Westover moving away from the wrong end of the league table thanks to Ryan Matson’s strike.
The Wasps played well, but they had to withstand long spells of pressure from Ayton, who were very unfortunate to end up on the losing side.
Matson’s cool finish five minutes before the half-time interval proved to be the crucial strike, although both sides did hit the woodwork after the break.
Wasps’ Shane Hare and Ayton’s Mark Vasey were sent off in the final minute, an unfortunate end to the game for Wasps’ man of the match Hare.
West Pier 4 (M Cooper 2 pens, Hyde, N Thomas) Fishburn Park 0
Pier moved back into pole position thanks to this comfortable home win against a hard-working young Park side.
The hosts started brightly. but the Whitby team battled away to keep them at bay until five minutes before half-time, Neil Thomas’ powerful solo run and shot steering the hosts into a slender lead, a welcome boost for boss Andy Spivey.
This goal seemed to invigorate the home side, as they roared into a 2-0 lead early in the second half, Martin Cooper blasting home a penalty, after a foul on Tommy Barker.
Centre-back Sam Hyde headed his team into a 3-0 lead - his fifth of the season after no goals at all during their previous campaign - and a second spot-kick from Cooper, once again after a foul on the tricky Barker, sealed the win for Pier.
Daz Crawford earned the man-of-the-match award for a commanding display in the centre of midfield for West Pier.
Newlands 1 (Bates) Edgehill 0
The home side edged to victory in a very close game, a welcome boost after their shock 3-2 loss at Fishburn Park in their previous game.
Shaun Mancrief was a relieved man after the match, admitting his former club were very unlucky to lose.
“I think Edgehill played very well and they were very unfortunate to lose, a draw would probably have been a fair result.
“We still had a few players missing, and we had a new keeper, Liam Giles playing, but he kept a clean sheet and we claimed an important win.”
Stuart Bates scored the only goal of the game, breaking through the Edgehill defence before sliding his shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Paddy Mancrief - Shaun’s younger brother - had a great chance to finish off the visitors in the final minute, but he missed the target from three yards out to give his sibling a nervy injury-time to endure.
The boss added: “Jordan Mintoft played very well at centre-back, while Bates also excelled.”
Ryedale Sports Club 2 (Turnbull, Davison) Whitby Fishermen’s Society 0
Ryedale moved into third spot with this hard-earned win at home to the Whitby side.
Sam Turnbull fired the home side in front after 20 minutes to put Ryedale 1-0 ahead at half-time/
The visitors stepped up a gear after the break, but Ryedale’s defence played well and their keeper Rob Campbell pulled off two outstanding saves to maintain the hosts’ slender lead,
This proved to be crucial as Terry Davison’s exquisite chip made it 2-0 on the hour mark. The visitors hit the bar as they carried on looking for a way back into the game, but John Reed’s side held on for the three points.
Reed gave the man-of-the-match award to his entire team for a superb all-round effort.