The opening night of Scarborough News Sunday League night games kicked off with wins for division one title rivals Newlands, West Pier and Trafalgar.
Strongwood 0 West Pier 3 (Warnett, Dobson, A Sheader)
Pier kept their hopes of winning the title alive with a hard-earned at Eastway.
Phil Warnett opened the scoring for Paddy Parke’s side, running onto a long pass and firing past Strongwood keeper Chris Garton.
Despite having most of the play in the first half, Pier only had one goal to show for their efforts.
The home side started strongly after the interval, and Pier had to work hard to maintain their lead.
The visitors doubled their lead through Cameron Dobson and a fine solo effort from left-back Andy Sheader sealed the victory.
Parke said: “Martin Young had a great game playing at centre-back and in his regular position in the heart of midfield, while teenager Tyler Richardson played very well after coming on in the second half.”
Klosters 1 (Brown) Newlands 3 (Delve 2, Fields)
Leaders Newlands stay in pole position after this win at Klosters, their sixth in as many games this season.
Luke Delve scored first for the visitors with a free-kick and a thumping 20-yard low volley from Kile Fields made it 2-0 to the pacesetters.
Delve made it 3-0 with a back-post header from Ben Luntley’s cross.
Klosters pulled a goal back through a Michael Brown tap-in after Sam Garnett had squared the ball across goal.
Midfielder Garnett and centre-back Lee Luntley impressed for Rhys Howell’s Klosters side, while victors Newlands had Mike Wilson and Ben Luntley on sparkling form.
Trafalgar 2 (L Salt, S Exley) Filey Flyers 0
Traf dominated their home game against second-from-bottom Flyers but had to wait for the final half-hour to net their two goals.
After a goalless first half, player-boss Liam Salt led by example for the hosts, firing home from inside the penalty area on the hour mark.
Sub Sean Exley made it 2-0 and confirmed the win for Traf in a fine all-round team effort.
Ayton 0 Trafalgar Reserves 8 (J Pinder 2, J Logan 2, A Wray 2, R Pinder, Hewitt)
Al Wray shone as Trafalgar Reserves took over from Shakespeare at the top of the second division table.
Wray opened the scoring with the best goal of the game, the midfielder smashing the ball past the Ayton keeper with a fierce 35-yard free-kick.
Rob Pinder made it 2-0 with a neat finish after being one-on-one with the home goalkeeper. Joe Logan added a third goal before half-time. Ayton’s cause was not helped when they had a player sent off before the interval for swearing.
Early in the second half, Jack Pinder, Rob’s younger brother, made it 4-0 and then man of the match Wray netted his second, taking the ball around the Ayton keeper and slotting home.
Jack Pinder, Logan and Richard Hewitt also grabbed a goal each in the final quarter of the game to complete the rout.
The title battle is likely to go down to the wire with Traf Reserves and Shakespeare playing each other twice later this month.