Traf seal Senior Cup success

Senior Cup final report by Daniel Gregory
Senior Cup final report by Daniel Gregory

Liam Salt’s Trafalgar side sealed success in the Senior Cup after beating Fylingdales 6-0 at Scarborough RUFC’s Silver Royd HQ.

Trafalgar started brightly and had chances to open the scoring, but Sean Exley and Neil Thomas both spurned their opportunities.

Dales were causing problems of their own, but found themselves behind after Traf’s first slick move of the contest.

Skipper Neil Thomas drilled out wide to Chris Dove, who slid a superb through-ball to Exley, who made no mistake in finishing into the bottom corner.

Dales almost dragged themselves level when Mark Waterfield’s low free-kick was spilled by keeper James Burrows, but the keeper managed to pouch the ball before it crossed the line.

It was soon 2-0 to Salt’s men after Thomas’ neat ball over the top found left-back Dean Craig, who just managed to get the ball ahead of Dales keeper Jamie Wasell and nick it into the net.

Dales enjoyed the better of the latter exchanges of the first half as they looked for a way back into the game.

They were nearly gifted a goal when Ricky Nock’s header almost diverted its way into the net, only for it to drift safely out for a corner.

From Waterfield’s resulting corner, Burrows had to be alert to punch the ball from underneath his bar under immense pressure to keep his goal intact at the break.

The second half was a tame affair as neither side could master the bobbly pitch and blustery conditions.

Dales had a couple of efforts but couldn’t find the net and they were punished when player-manager Salt, who had come off the bench, smashed into the bottom corner for 3-0.

Salt’s goal galvanised Traf against a despondent Dales, who looked a beaten team.

And after playing a neat one-two, Salt clipped in a neat left-footed finish to make it 4-0.

Dove managed to ghost in behind the Dales defence to clip under the keeper for 5-0 as Traf ran riot and the scoring was completed by Billy Logan, who fired in from the edge of the box for 6-0.

Patterson and Dove were tidy in the Traf midfield, while Logan and Exley linked up nicely up top for Traf.

Dales skipper Tommy Gray had a solid game at centre-back, while Waterfield and striker Jake Faichney also had a decent outing, but Traf were the better side and deserved to lift the silverware.