Scholes Park under-10s end term on a high as Scalby reach cup final

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Scholes Park Raiders under-10s finished their league campaign with a 3-1 home win against Ayton Athletic.

The visitors took the lead when Matthew Dixon deflected the ball past his own keeper after a corner.

Action and teams from Junior soccer fixture Scholes Park V Ayton.'120874b. Ayton are back left to right Harry Craven, Mattie Owen, Luke Calvert, Josh Connell, Cameron Luntley, Dak Cappleman and Peter Drayton. front left to right Jake Forbes, Bryce Richardson, Matthew Craggs, Alfie Roberts, Josh Forbes and Henry Tubbs. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'26/02/2012.

Action and teams from Junior soccer fixture Scholes Park V Ayton.'120874b. Ayton are back left to right Harry Craven, Mattie Owen, Luke Calvert, Josh Connell, Cameron Luntley, Dak Cappleman and Peter Drayton. front left to right Jake Forbes, Bryce Richardson, Matthew Craggs, Alfie Roberts, Josh Forbes and Henry Tubbs. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'26/02/2012.

Dixon soon made up for this error though, levelling the scores with a left-foot shot six minutes into the second period.

Finlay Marsh made it 2-1 when he smashed the ball into the bottom corner after reacting quickly to a mistake by the Ayton keeper.

Dixon then set up the third goal for the Raiders, his header releasing Christian Mummert to slot his shot into the net.

Alex Hird hit the post late on, but Raiders had already done enough to seal the three points.

Action and teams from Junior soccer fixture Scholes Park V Ayton.'120874e. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'26/02/2012.

Action and teams from Junior soccer fixture Scholes Park V Ayton.'120874e. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'26/02/2012.

Raiders boss Steve Hird said: “It would be unfair to pick out one player as they did very well to come back from a goal down to beat Ayton. It was a great to way to finish our campaign.”

Scalby Juniors reached the under-10s cup final after beating a spirited Fishburn Park 2-0 in an unbridled encounter.

It was the home side that made all the early running, creating chance after chance - but a combination of excellent keeping from Max Tadman and an amazing goal-line clearance from Lewis McGrath somehow kept the cup holders in the game.

Fishburn’s profligacy was to cost them dearly just before half-time as they failed to deal with a routine goal-kick allowing George Bramham to lift the ball over the keeper and give Scalby the lead.

The second half was a war of attrition, Scalby digging deep to hold back a side desperate to find a way back into the game - and their determination was to pay dividends as Kane Randerson-Wray broke clear with five minutes left to seal the tie.