Saturday League: Edgehill see off Pier to keep title hopes alive.

Falsgrave's Mikey Anderson and Seamer's Conner Myerscough do battle in Seamer's crucial 2-1 win. Picture: Steve Lilly.
Falsgrave's Mikey Anderson and Seamer's Conner Myerscough do battle in Seamer's crucial 2-1 win. Picture: Steve Lilly.
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Steve Clegg’s Edgehill kept the pressure on league leaders Newlands with a 2-0 win against champions West Pier, while Whitby RFC edged closer to the division three title with a 3-0 victory at Ayton Reserves.

Division One

Edgehill 2 (Cooper, Link) West Pier 0

Edgehill kept their outside chance of sneaking the title out of the grasp of Newlands after a 2-0 win against champions West Pier.

Both sides went into the clash short on first-team regulars, with three of Edgehill’s defence missing and West Pier striker Paul Provins having to don the gloves after regular stopper Scott Wardman suffered a bizarre injury in the last week.

Pier had the first chance to break the deadlock, but Sam Garnett’s close-range effort struck the bar with the keeper beaten.

Edgehill got into their groove and went 1-0 up after 30 minutes.

Ricky Greening beat his man down the right flank and his cross caused mayhem in the Pier box, with stand-in keeper Provins calling for the ball only for Liam Cooper to nip in ahead of him to guide into the back of the net.

Edgehill had to wait until the 65th minute to grab their second, and again Greening was instrumental.

This time he used his strength to hold off Neil Thomas before rolling to Kieran Link, who found the bottom corner.

Defenders Tom Hickin and Jason Darling stood out for Edgehill.

Boss Clegg said: “We just keep churning results out, and we need to do that to keep the pressure on.

“Pier battled hard and it was quite a close game, but they never really troubled us that often.”

Edgehill and Newlands meet on Monday night for what is surely a title-decider at Flixton, 6.15pm kick-off.

Falsgrave 1 (Ellis) Seamer Sports 2 (Forsyth, Bradbury)

Seamer picked up a huge win at Falsgrave in their bid to avoid the drop, their last-gasp winner sealing three potentially huge points.

Seamer led after 20 minutes, Matty Forsyth rounding off a superb team move with a strike into the bottom corner from the egde of the box.

Billy Johnson’s men battled back though and were level 10 minutes later, their towering target-man Nick Ellis bundling the ball in.

Falsgrave almost took the lead early in the second half, but man of the match Jake Moore hacked off the line.

Both sides then spurned good chances to take a crucial lead, Ellis missing a glorious chance after 80 minutes.

Seamer thought they’d gone in front after 85 minutes, but Forsyth was denied his second as the linesman’s flag was raised.

The away side weren’t to be denied their win though and when star man Moore broke down the right with the ball and found striker Danny Bradbury in a superb position, the striker made no mistake in sweeping in to claim the points for his side.

Whitby Fisherman’s Society 0-0 Ayton

Whitby Fishermen’s Society and Ayton battled to a 0-0 draw as neither side really managed to pull themselves away from the relegation battle.

Ayton boss Steve Roberts was happy with a point after a tight game, he said: “I’m happy with a point from that game.

“We beat them in the week and then drew with them today, so four points from two games isn’t too bad.

“It was quite tight, both sides have a couple of chances but nothing special.

“Losing Neil Fryirs to a groin injury early on was a bit of a blow.”

Matty Sheader stood out for Ayton, while keeper Ben Riley made a couple of smart saves.

Filey Town 3 (Kempson, Vernon (pen), J Gage) Eastfield St James 1

Jay Taylor’s Filey Town secured a 3-1 win against Eastfield.

Both sides were depleted, with Filey deciding to field a lot of reserve team players with their big East Riding County Challenge Cup semi-final against Little Weighton on Wednesday night coming up.

Eastfield were also missing several key men, but they took the lead early on.

They weren’t ahead for long though. Reserve team boss Dan Kempson pressed Eastfield gloveman Chris Ferrey, whose clearance cannoned off Kempson and trickled into the net to level matters up.

Filey got on top after the break and took the lead when 16-year-old left-back Nathan Vernon, who was named as man of the match by Taylor, swept in from the penalty spot.

The win was secured when Joe Gage was sent through by Tom Haxby and finished neatly.

Taylor said: “I’m over the moon with the lads.

“We only played two first team players so for the young lads to come up and experience division one football and get a win is great.

“I’m very disappointed that the league haven’t allowed to us to move our game against West Pier from Monday.

“We have a huge East Riding Cup semi-final on Wednesday and they won’t let us change the date, which is very frustrating to say the least.”

Division two

Scalby 3 (Arnott 2, Scales) Rillington Athletic 0

Kev David’s Scalby side scored three first-half goals to ease past already relegated Rillington Athletic.

The home side started brightly and led when Darren Arnott volleyed into the top corner.

Their lead was doubled when Arnott’s corner somehow eluded everyone and ended up in the back of the net.

Scalby continued to play their opponents off the park in a superb first-half performance, and they were rewarded with a third when Shaun Scales stabbed in on the stretch.

The second half was a drab affair with neither side going particularly close to finding the net.

Carl Townley’s first-half performance earned him the man-of-the-match award, while Dan McClean put in a solid performance on the left flank for Rillington.

Flixton 1 (Chambers) Snainton 1

Flixton manager Mick Stephenson bowed out after 12 years in charge with a 1-1 draw from a tight clash against Snainton.

Flixton led through Luke Chambers’ strike after 25 minutes, but they were pegged back as Snainton levelled before the break.

Neither side could add to their tally after the break, meaning Stephenson had to settle for a draw from his last clash as manager,

He said: “I’ve enjoyed it but I want to spend some more time with my grandson and family.

“I’ll still be coming up to the games as I’m secretary of the club, it’s just time for someone else to have a go now.

“There have been a few highlights, winning the Frank White Trophy in 2008 has to be the best.

“I have to say thanks to the lads too, they’ve been great.”

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Division three

Ayton Reserves 0 Whitby RFC 3 (Usher, Ross, Bywater OG)

Whitby RFC edged closer to the division three title after a convincing 3-0 win at Ayton Reserves.

Whitby led through Marc Usher goal after the front man latched onto Mike Kilpatrick’s ball before rounding the keeper and sliding in.

They doubled their lead after the break, this time Ste Ross beating his man before driving into the bottom corner.

The scoring was rounded off when Ayton’s Dan Bywater turned the ball past his own keeper and into the net.

Cayton Corinthians Reserves 7 (Venner 3, I Sands 2, Durham, Harwood) Seamer Reserves 0

Cayton Reserves hit seven past Seamer Reserves.

Josh Venner bagged a treble while Isaac Sands helped himself to a brace.

The scoring was rounded off by goals from Ash Durham and Martin Harwood.

Only Lewis Brownlie stood out for Seamer Reserves on a disappointing afternoon for Gary Dixon’s men.

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