Town earn semi-final success

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Scarborough Town went through to the final of the Humber Premier League Cup with a 2-1 win over Premier Division Reckitts in a hard-fought game at Pocklington FC.

After an action-packed first half that yielded no goals, the second half began with a bang when Town’s Jamie Bradshaw rode three tackles before being crudely brought down by Luke Moulds. Sean Exley lined up the free-kick from 25 yards and blasted the ball into the roof of the net to put Town ahead.

In a sustained bout of Town pressure, Town were hassling and harrying the Reckitts defenders and a hasty clearance bounced goalwards off Exley but into the arms of the keeper.

On 61 minutes, with the ball near the sideline there was a scuffle in the Town penalty area and after a discussion between referee and assistant Town’s Exley and Reckitts’ Dimi Kushev were each shown a red card. To everyone’s astonishment the referee also awarded a penalty to Reckitts which Rob Kamis converted with assurance.

Midway through the second half Reckitts finally began to show their pedigree and Rob Clark came to the rescue by tipping over a shot from a narrow angle. Steve Heslop then curled a free-kick towards the top corner, but Clark again saved at full stretch.

Town went back into the lead on 80 minutes, a corner from the right being met by the diving Ryan Jackson to spark Town celebrations.

Town could have added to the score in the closing minutes when Ben Luntley set up Bradshaw who saw his low effort beat the keeper but strike the bottom of the post.

Town: Clark, Nock, Briggs (Darling 82), Pickles, Gill, Patterson, Jackson (Collins 89), Tate, Bradshaw, Luntley, Exley

Reckitts: Nicholson, Walker, Heslop, Lapping, Moulds, Fisher, Gerraghty, Botham, Kushev, Kamis, Fenton