Saturday League: Divisions two & three - Flixton keep promotion hopes alive while Soba strike in division three title race

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Flixton beat Snainton 3-0 to keep their hopes of sealing promotion to the top flight alive while Scalby beat Rillington 3-2 to move out of the bottom two. In division three, FC Soba beat rivals Athletico2B to take the edge in the title charge.

DIVISION TWO

FLIXTON 3 (Laing, Skelton, Hague) SNAINTON 0

Flixton kept their outside chances of winning promotion to the top flight alive after beating leaders Snainton 3-0.

Ian Laing set Mick Stephenson’s men on their way and the home side led 1-0 at half-time.

Their lead was double after the break when Keith Skelton scored the goal of the game with a stunning volley high into the roof of the net.

Flixton’s scoring was completed when the Snainton keeper kicked against Danny Hague and the ball fell to James Hughes, who squared back to Hague to tap in past the embarrassed keeper.

Boss Stephenson picked out Hague and Chris Watson as his side’s star men.

SCALBY 3 (Gray, Scales, OG) RILLINGTON ATHLETIC 2

Scalby battled back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to beat Rillington Athletic and move out of the bottom two.

The away side looked likely to come away from Carr Lane with maximum points after taking a 2-0 first-half lead.

But Scalby, under the stewardship of Kev Sunderland in the absence of boss Rich Birley, fought back superbly after the interval.

Goals from winger Tommy Gray, Shaun Scales and an own goal gave them a big win and three points that moved them above their opponents and out of the bottom two.

Gray and James Blenkinsop were Scalby’s stand-out performers.

EDGEHILL RESERVES 1 (Dennis) NEWLANDS RESERVES 3 (Moon 2, Luntley)

Stefan Moon carried his goalscoring form from last week as he bagged a brace in Newlands Reserves’ 3-1 win at Edgehill Reserves.

Moon’s double was added to by Scarborough Town frontman Ben Luntley, while Lee Dennis hit Edgehill’s solitary goal.

DIVISION THREE

ATHLETICO2B 2 (Dodson, B David) FC SOBA 4 (Walker 3, Rackham)

FC Soba struck a huge blow in the division three promotion race as they beat rivals Athletico2B 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from youngster Jack Walker.

Walker’s two first-half strikes gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the interval before his thirs shortly after the break made it 3-0.

Shaun Dodson hammered into the top corner after a clever indirect free-kick to make it 3-1 but Soba were soon back in full control after Craig Rackham’s corner fortuitously flew straight into the net.

Dodson fed Ben David to fire in for 4-2, but Soba held on for the win.

WEST PIER RESERVES 4 (K Spivey, S Garnett, Speight, Crawford) SEAMER RESERVES 0

West Pier Reserves stay at the top of the division three table after a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Seamer Reserves.

Kyle Spivey tapped in after 15 minutes to make it 1-0 before Sam Garnett doubled after half an hour to give Pier a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Pier’s dominance continued after the break and Rob Speight fired in after good work from Neil Thomas to make it 3-0 to the home side, before player-manager Dave Crawford rounded the scoring off after he finished nicely following good work from Speight.

Crawford named Ben Brown as his side’s man of the match.

SLEIGHTS 4 (Faichney 2, Martin, Watson) SCALBY RESERVES 1 (Gregory)

Sleights stayed in the hunt for promotion after recording a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Scalby Reserves.

The home side led early on through former Whitby Town frontman Jake Faichney before their top scorer Ben Watson doubled their advantage.

Scalby clawed their way back into the game after 35 minutes when the home keeper fumbled and player-manager Danny Gregory was on hand to tap in.

But Sleights were soon back in command and an Andy Martin strike on the hour-mark made it 3-1 before Faichney wrapped things up with his second.