Town hot-shots hit Westella for six

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Scarborough Town edged up to fifth place in the Humber Premier League premier division table after a comprehensive 6-1 home win over Westella & Willerby, mirroring the result Town achieved on the first day of the season when the teams met at Westella.

Town began the game at a high tempo, passing the ball around accurately and putting the visitors under pressure.

A Josh Clayton centre just eluded Martin Cooper at the far post, then Sean Exley climbed high but headed the ball just over the bar.

The home team took the lead after 11 minutes.

Ricky Nock made ground on the right and was clattered by a late foul, but the referee allowed Exley to continue down the wing before cutting in and hitting a fierce shot which was saved by Gareth Meens but the ball rebounded against the unlucky Andrew Lewis and ended up in the back of the net.

Brothers Neil and Gary Thomas combined well to put Ben Luntley away on the right, and his dangerous cross was headed over the bar by a desperate defender.

Town had two corners in quick succession, the second of which was bundled in at the far post by Gary Thomas to put Town two goals ahead.

The same player then played a probing pass which was clipped into the middle by Cooper where two defenders failed to make a decisive contact and the ball fell for Exley to slam home from 12 yards out.

The visitors had failed to create a chance until 23 minutes when Aaron McIvor blasted a free kick from 25 yards to bring a splendid save from Town’s debutant keeper Matty Scott.

A minute later Scott had no chance when Ben Killingsworth bullied his way through the centre of the Town defence to net a good individual goal and bring the score back to 3-1.

Meens got down well to save from Exley, then Cooper took possession and went clear on the right before hitting a low effort which zipped across the face of the goal and just wide of the upright.

Exley then jinked away along the same touchline, pulling the ball back across the six-yard box with no Town player able to get a touch.

The first half ended with Gary Thomas inches away from connecting with a free-kick from Cooper.

A neat touch from Gary Thomas put Exley through on goal, but Meens was the winner of the one-on-one contest. Dean Larvin tried a long-range effort for Westella but Scott saved confidently, then some excellent work from Cooper set up Ricky Greening but his shot was blocked.

A Cooper free-kick was headed goalwards by Neil Thomas but hooked away by a defender for a corner, then a passing move between Cooper and Nock sent Luntley away to shoot just wide from a difficult angle.

The 3-1 scoreline did not reflect Town’s superiority, but that was rectified by a three-goal blast within the space of eight minutes.

On 66 minutes a Nock throw in was developed by Cooper and Greening into a clear chance which Exley converted with assurance for his eighth goal in the last three league games.

A minute later the tireless Luntley provided the assist for Cooper to hit his first goal in Town colours, and Luntley was then frustrated by a great save from Meeds.

On 74 minutes Town piled men forwards and set up a scramble which produced another parry from Meeds, but on this occasion Neil Thomas was there to meet the dropping ball and head home from close-range.

An accurate free-kick from Tony Pickles brought a chance for Greening which was met by another save from Meeds, and in a rare Westella foray McIvor tried his luck but pulled the ball wide of goal.

A cross from Jon Manson was headed just wide by Greening, then Jackson Jowett hit a shot goalwards but the ball was deflected up and into the hands of a grateful Meeds who had performed superbly for the visitors.

Town: Scott, Nock, Pickles, Gill (Manson 72), Clayton, G Thomas, Cooper (Jowett 70), N Thomas, Luntley, Exley, A Thomas (Greening 55)