Thomas treble lifts west pier

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WEST Pier boosted their title push with a dramatic 3-2 success at home to first division leaders Edgehill last night.

A Neil Thomas strike in the fifth minute of injury-time handed all three points to Pier, who are now a point behind Edgehill with both teams having four games left to play, concluding with the second meeting between the top two teams.

Thomas opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a penalty-kick, but Dave Bell made it 1-1 five minutes before the interval after a rare mistake by Scott Wardman - who otherwise had an inspired game in goal for the hosts.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Edgehill took the lead when Ben David squared the ball for Shaun Dodson to fire past Wardman.

Pier were then awarded a second penalty, but Thomas blasted his effort over the crossbar.

The hosts finally levelled when Thomas smashed in a free-kick, which was awarded in controversial fashion, Ricky Nock being penalised for what seemed to be a fair challenge.

In the dying moments of the game, Pier snatched three points with Thomas’ third goal.