Division two leaders Shakespeare had to see off a plucky display from basement club Ayton to earn a 7-3 home win, while in division three, Cayton Corinthians boosted their promotion bid with a 4-2 win at rivals Commercial and pacesetters Whitby Wanderers were held to a 3-3 draw by another side gunning for promotion, Filey Flyers Reserves.
Shakespeare 7 (Ramos 3, Barker 2, Hawkes, Patterson) Ayton 3 (Craven 2, Bywater pen)
Caretaker managers Dane Ramos and Jamie Patterson led by example as the division two leaders Shakespeare recovered from an early shock to claim victory against a determined Ayton side, who belied their position at the foot of the league table.
Mark Craven stunned the hosts by handing the lead to Mark Plumpton’s visiting side after 20 minutes, the striker latching onto a fine pass from central midfielder Corey White and then slotting the ball home.
The home side levelled in controversial circumstances, Boro midfielder Robbie Hawkes scoring direct from a free-kick despite protests from the visitors that they were not ready for the set-piece. Plumpton said: “We were not even convinced it was a free-kick, and while we were still getting the wall sorted out, Hawkes fired the ball into the net. We were not ready for the free-kick.”
Ten minutes before half-time Hawkes linked up well with Patterson, who stroked the ball home to put Shakespeare ahead.
Mikey Barker scored with the first attack of the second half, but Craven pulled a goal back with a fine solo goal in the 55th minute, taking on four home defenders before firing into the net. A minute later Shakespeare had restored their two-goal lead through the prolific Barker, but Aytonhit back again whenDan Bywater scored from the penalty spot after Craven had been fouled in the area.
The home side then brought on joint caretaker boss Ramos, and he showed his class in the final 35 minutes, netting three goals to secure the points for the leaders.
Ramos was named as man of the match for Shakespeare for his impact, while White and Craven shared the plaudits for Ayton.
Sun Inn 3 (Kenyon, Pickard, Wray) West Pier Reserves 2
Dave Pickard’s Sun boosted their chances of beating the drop with this hard-earned win against West Pier’s second string.
The visitors opened the scoring after 10 minutes, but seven minutes later Jamie Wray’s shot was fumbled by the Pier keeper and Mark Kenyon was quickest to react and slid in the rebound.
Midway through the second half a Wray cross was headed in powerfully by Dan Pickard.
After the break, both side went looking for the win and the visitors finally levelled in the 75th minute with a header.
With time running out Wray came to the home side’s rescue, his forceful header from 15 yards beating the Pier goalie.
Dave Pickard said: “It was hard to single anyone out as they all played well and all deserve a share of the man-of-the-match award, it was a tough match against a Pier side that played a long-ball game but played it well.”
It is It is 4 (Wood 2, P Oldroyd 2) Fylingdales 3 (Forde 2, Faichney)
This game went against the form-book, with an It is It is side battling agains the drop beating promotion hopefuls Fylingdales by the odd goal in seven.
Striker Simon Forde opened the scoring for the villagers with a stunning strike, but the home side levelled with a fine goal of their own.
Left-back Mikey Pickering worked his way down the left flank and played the ball to Paul Oldroyd, who then found Gav Wood, who scored in a one-on-one with the Fylingdales keeper.
Wood then scored his second to put the home side 2-1 up, a spectacular, acrobatic volleyed effort off his backheel after good approach play from midfielder Elliot Sill.
Oldroyd’s 20-yard shot made it 3-1 to the home side early in the second half, but Forde’s second gave the visitors fresh hope.
A free-kick from Oldroyd made it 4-2 to the hosts,and this proved to be enough for It is It is, although centre-back Jake Faichney headed in a late third goal to set up a nervy finale for the pub team. Midfielder Elliot Spurr was the man of the match for the home team, while Faichney was the Fylingdales star man.
Trafalgar Reserves 6 (J Pinder 2, R Hewitt 2, L Jenkinson, Newbould) West Riding 4 (Williamson, Turner, Ellis, Anderson)
The promotion ambitions of West Riding hit another obstacle with this defeat at a resurgent Traf side.
Jack Pinder and Rich Hewitt banged in two goals apiece for the Traf lads, with Luke Jenkinson and Guy Newbould also on target.
Riding scored goals through Kurt Williamson, Matty Turner, Nick Ellis and Mikey Anderson, while Alex Dewer shone in goal for the visitors.
Cayton Corinthians 4 (M Dennis, Collins, H Holden, own goal) Commercial 2
Cayton boosted their title push in division three with a home win against second-placed Commercial, whose own bid for promotion has been hampered by two defeats on the trot.
Goals from Michael Dennis, Danny Collins, Harry Holden and an own goal sealed the win for Cayton, for who Shaun Rennison was man of the match.
Whitby Wanderers 3 (Ross 2, Brown) Filey Flyers Reserves 3 (J Gage, Briggs, L Eblet)
The honours were even after this entertaining clash between two promotion-chasing sides.
Ste Ross beat the offside trap to put the hosts ahead 1-0 at half-time, but the Flyers slowly got their footing and had two chances cleared off the goal-line before the interval.
Straight after the break James Pinder broke through the Wanderers defence and Joe Gage tapped in at the back post, then a Ben Briggs header from a James Young cross made it 2-1.
Ross then levelled, cutting in from the left, and Dan Brown then made it 3-2 from a Ross cutback.
Five minutes from time, a Lee Eblet header from a Dan Kempson long throw earned a point for Flyers. The Wanderers man of the match was centre-back Mark Jackson.
Flyers boss Dave Brannan Jnr said: “I don’t think many teams will like going up there but I can’t see them beating teams like us and Cayton at home. This was certainly one of our worst performances.”
Other result: Alma 1 Castle 1.