Scalby’s young guns keep cool to net double title win

Scalby under-10s celebrate their title win, back, from left, Max McNiven, Connor Avison, Jay Halton, Reuben Ashton, Ted Edwards and boss Alec Coulson; front, mascot Robbie Coulson, Jake Reeves, Liam Coulson, Josh Edwards, Kobe Ireland and Reuben Staveley
Scalby under-10s celebrate their title win, back, from left, Max McNiven, Connor Avison, Jay Halton, Reuben Ashton, Ted Edwards and boss Alec Coulson; front, mascot Robbie Coulson, Jake Reeves, Liam Coulson, Josh Edwards, Kobe Ireland and Reuben Staveley
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Scalby Juniors are celebrating a double success after their under-10s and under-11s teams were crowned as the Minor League champions.

In the under-11s, Scalby, Pickering Town, Burlington, Kirkbymoorside and Fishburn Park have been battling it out all year for top spot - and by a quirk of the fixture list all the teams faced each other within the last month of the season.

A 2-1 reverse to front runners Burlington earlier in April had left Scalby eight points adrift with five games remaining - a tall order in anyone’s book yet they managed to hit a vein of form.

Firstly they gained revenge over Burlington, winning 2-0 at Carr Lane with goals from Brad Smith and Ollie Bambridge.

This was followed up by wins over Goldsborough and Holt FC, which set them up nicely for up a midweek showdown away at third placed Pickering Town.

In a great advert for local football, Scalby edged it 2-1 with Kane Randerson-Wray and Jack Hewitt netting for the visitors while Tom Wright hit a fabulous late free-kick that deserved to be more than a consolation.

As the remaining results between the other top teams took shape through last week, it transpired that the Kirkbymoorside v Scalby game on Friday night would be a winner-takes-all title decider.

Scalby were quicker out of the blocks and could have been two or three goals to the good in the first 15 minutes had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping and brave goal line defending from the hosts.

It took a moment of brilliance from Smith to break the deadlock just before half time - chesting the ball down and volleying home from 20 yards in one movement.

Scalby increased their lead to 3-0 in the second half with a quick brace from Randerson-Wray, the second a fine left foot shot from distance.

Kirkby kept battling away and pulled a goal back with five minutes remaining through Jack Biggins after a goalmouth scramble, which led to a couple of nervous moments before Matthew Dixon finally wrapped the title up after he worked himself a yard in the box to slot home for a 4-1 win.

Scalby under-10s won 2-0 on the final day of the season against Seamer to earn their title triumph.

A sizeable crowd gathered at Carr Lane to witness the title decider, but in a tight first half neither side could break the deadlock.

Scalby started brightly in the second half, Max Mcniven capitalising on a defensive mix-up to blast the ball into the bottom corner from 15 yards to put the hosts in front.

Five minutes later McNiven turned provider, his corner evading everyone until Reuben Staveley ran in at the far post to bundle the ball over the line.

Seamer battle back but the Scalby defence held firm to secure the win - and the title.

Proud Scalby manager Alec Coulson said: “The lads fully deserved their title success, in the last 10 league games we have only let one goal in which is fantastic form.

“The lads’ attitude to training and games has been first-class. We will be looking to add a couple of players for next season as it is nine-a-side but I am looking forward to it already.”