Fylingdales ended second division leaders Shakespeare’s unbeaten record with a shock 3-2 away win, while in division three, second-placed Newlands Reserves lost 4-2 at promotion rivals Filey Flyers Reserves and Cayton boosted their title hopes with a 7-1 win at Alma.
Sunday division two
Shakespeare 2 (Ramos, Robinson) Fylingdales 3 (Pearce, M Waterfield, Forde)
The visitors won a five-goal thriller to boost their promotion hopes, and place a slight dent in the home side’s title push.
Jack Pearce, a recent signing for the village side, opened the scoring with a powerful shot after some good passing.
The home side levelled with a strong Dane Ramos free-kick as the game continued to be played at a rapid pace.
After the half-time break, Fylingdales restored their lead with a brilliant rising shot by Mark Waterfield, who also hit the bar moments later.
A Damien Robinson effort saw Fylingdales pegged back once again and it looked like the honours were going to be shared. Striker Simon Forde had other ideas, and 15 minutes from time he fired in the winning goal. Shakespeare continued to push for a leveller, but Fylingdales hung on.
The visitors’ boss Neil Brearley said: “It was a cracking match with two good sides, and we are delighted to have won it as Shakespeare are a very good side, and I would still see them as favourites for the division two title.
“Mark Waterfield was man of the match for us as he shone in midfield, but really all the players deserve credit for the win.”
Shakespeare manager Col Jenkinson singled out Tom Scales as the home side’s man of the match.
Itis Itis 1 (O’Neill) West Pier Res 0
Itis Itis boosted their chances of beating the drop with this hard-earned win at home to fellow strugglers West Pier Reserves.
The home side had the better of the first half, and they opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Paul Oldroyd took the ball upfield and his pass found Gavin Wood, who distributed the ball to Paul O’Neill, who skilfully took the ball past the Pier full-back and then slotted his shot past the Pier keeper.
The visitors seemed to be re-invigorated after the interval and they had five or six chances to level, but Itis Itis managed to survive and secure the three points. Mark Oldroyd, in midfield, and young centre-back Lloyd Henderson, both shone in an all-round strong team performance by the home side, while centre-half Rich Garton was named as Pier man of the match.
West Riding 8 (K Williamson 4, Tolliday 2, R Link, Oxley) Ayton4 (Craven 2, Wallace, Bywater pen)
West Riding returned to winning form in an entertaining match at home to basement club Ayton.
The visitors opened the scoring when Sam Wallace outpaced the West Riding defence and volleyed the ball past the keeper and into the net.
The home side struck twice to regain a 2-1 lead, netting in the 15th and 25th minutes, and when they opened up a two-goal lead on the half-hour mark it looked to be plain sailing for Billy Johnson’s side.
Ayton refused to submit though, and Dan Bywater pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after a shot had been handled on the goalline by a West Riding player. Mark Craven levelled early in the second half, and although West Riding struck a fourth, so did Ayton, again through striker Craven.
After this the hosts grabbed firm hold of the game with four unanswered goals to earn an 8-4 home win.
Kurt Williamson smashed in four goals for the victors, with Rich Tolliday adding two goals and man of the match Ryan Link and Dave Oxley also on target. Mat Whitehall also impressed for West Riding. Ayton boss Mark Plumpton singled out strike duo Wallace and Craven for special praise.
Filey Flyers Res 4 (Pinder 2, M Gage, Keable) Newlands Reserves 2 (Hannam, McDermott)
Flyers boosted their promotion challenge with a hard-earned win at home to second-placed Newlands Reserves.
Chris Hannam opened the scoring for Newlands with a half-volley after a counter-attack, but this was against the run of play as Flyers were the dominant force in the first half. They soon gained reward for this when a clearance hit Max Gage and flew into the Newlands net.
Jonny Keable made it 2-1 to Flyers and then a goal either side of half-time from midfielder James Pinder put the hosts well clear.
Newlands were awarded two penalties after the interval, but Flyers keeper Mike Hunter saved from Dean Andrews and man of the match Hannam respectively to keep the hosts in charge although player-boss Dunc McDermott did pull back a late second for Newlands. Centre-back Ben Briggs was the Flyers man of the match.
Alma 1 Cayton 7 (Collins 4, Davison, J Best, H Holden)
A four-goal blast from Danny Collins helped Cayton stay on the title track with a comfortable win at Alma.
Man of the match Collins opened the scoring, with Harry Holden making it 2-0 and Collins completing his hat-trick before half-time and Scott Davison putting in a fifth before the break.
A Collins header and an effort from player-boss John Best saw Cayton seal the win, while Alma claimed a late consolation.
West Riding Res 1 (Goodworth) Scarborough Sports 2
Scarborough Sports returned to winning form in this keenly-contested clash with West Riding Reserves.
The visitors opened the scoring early on, and after the break Ryan Sanderson made it 2-0 to leave Sports in the driving seat.
Two minutes from time Ryan Goodworth chipped in a clever free-kick, but it was too lagte to save Riding, who had centre-back Simon Young on top form.