Seamer surged into third spot in divison one after winning 6-4 at home to Filey Flyers, while Ayton boosted their chances of beating the drop in division two with a 1-0 win at home to fellow strugglers itis itis and division three leaders Whitby Wanderers won 5-1 at second-placed Commercial.
Seamer 6 (L Jones 3, Danby 2, Moore) Filey Flyers 4 (P Dickens 2, M Jenkinson, J Jenkinson)
Filey Flyers suffered their second thrilling defeat in as many weeks after losing out 9-7 Strongwood last Sunday.
The visitors made the worst possible start, the villagers opening the scoring after only 15 seconds, Joe Danby firing home after a Joe Tiffany cross.
Ten minutes later Jake Moore slammed the ball past Flyers keeper Will Hunter after fine approach play from midfielder James Seymour.
Two minutes before the half-time interval Flyers gained a foothold in the game when player-boss Martyn Jenkinson pulled a goal back.
In the 55th minute Phil Dickens struck to make it 2-2 and it seemed that the momentum was with the visitors, but within five minutes they were behind again.
Luke Jones was brought on to play on the right wing early in the second half, Seymour dropping back to right-back, and this tactical switch by Seamer chief James Prethero soon bore fruit as Jones shot home their third with his first contribution to the game.
Danby’s second of the game, a storming 25-yard free-kick that flew into the top corner of the net, restored Seamer’s two-goal cushion, but the Flyers refused to submit.
James Jenkinson pulled another goal back for the Filey side, but once again Jones came to Seamer’s rescue, scoring twice to complete his hat-trick, his third goal a thumping free-kick.
Dickens’ second goal came too late to save Flyers, who will be wanting to shake off this sluggish start to the new year sooner rather than later.
Jones was impressive for Seamer, while Scott Sheldon, on the Flyers’ right flank, won their man-of-match award.
Ayton 1 (Wallace) itis itis 0
Ayton secured their opening win of the season in a crucial game against fellow strugglers itis itis.
The home team’s manager, Mark Plumpton, said: “This was a very hard-fought game, we had most of the possession but they probably had the better of the chances.
“I brought Sam Wallace on for the final 10 minutes, and within two minutes he had scored the winner. Mark Craven played the ball through to Sam, who broke through the itis itis defence and he dinked the ball over their keeper and won the game for us.
“Our man of the match was Phil Pickard, who had an excellent game at centre-back.”
Sun Inn 3 (J Wray, Buchan, D Bates own goal) Trafalgar Reserves 5 (J Pinder 3, J Logan 2)
The strike partnership of youngsters Jack Pinder and Joe Logan proved too much for Sun to handle in this entertaining match.
Jamie Wray opened the scoring for Dave Pickard’s troops, but Jack Pinder struck twice to turn the game on its head, his second a magnificent volley.
Logan struck before half-time to put Traf in the driving seat.
Liam Buchan gave Sun a boost with second goal, but Logan’s long-range strike made it 4-2 to Traf.
A Dave Bates own goal again gave Sun a lift, but Pinder sealed the win with his third goal, the hat-trick hero also scooping the man-of-the-match award.
Tom Allen was the Sun man of the match after making a big impression after coming off the bench at half-time.
Commercial 1 (N Palmer pen) Whitby Wanderers 5 (Ross 2, Wilson, Taylor, Keys)
Wanderers boosted their title - and promotion - hopes with this convincing win at an out of sorts Commercial, who are are now five points behind the Whitby-based leaders.
Jack Wilson showed a clean pair of heels to the home defence, cutting in from the right flank to blast his shot past the Commercial keeper.
Ste Ross then made it 2-0 when he slid a low shot under the keeper, and his second gave Wanderers breathing space, this time Ross rounding the goalie before tapping the ball home.
Simon Taylor netted from close-range to make it 4-0 to Wanderers at half-time.
The home side gave themselves a brief glimmer of hope when Darren Miller gave away a foul in the penalty box and striker Nick Palmer fired the spot-kick past keeper Mark Jackson.
Jericho Keys restored Wanderers’ four-goal lead with a fierce shot into the top corner of the net.
Joe Leadley was the man of the match for Whitby as he had a strong game at centre-back.
Scarborough Sports 6 (Curtis 3, Pinder, Sanderson, James) Castle FC 3 (Fogerty, Stones, Clark)
Rich Curtis’ hat-trick helped Sports secure the points in this clash at Oliver’s Mount.
The other goals came from a Sean Pinder free-kick, Ryan Sanderson and a Theo James finish last to secure the points for Tony Walker’s charges, who were 4-0 up at half-time and survived a second-half revival by Castle. The scorers for the visitors were Tom Clark, Lee Fogerty and John Stones.
Curtis was named as man of the match for Sports.