VIDEO & REPORT: Pier hammer Stokesley to seal County success

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West Pier dominated from start to finish as they brushed aside the challenge of hosts Stokesley to lift the North Riding County FA Saturday Challenge Cup.

Pier started the brighter of the two sides and twice Martin Cooper drifted past the Stokesley left-back, but his crosses were dealt with.

West Pier lift the North Riding Saturday Challenge Cup after beating Stokesley 5-0

West Pier lift the North Riding Saturday Challenge Cup after beating Stokesley 5-0

The hosts were launching the ball from back to front regularly, and one such long ball almost brought a goal against the run of play, but a tame effort was comfortably pouched by Chris Ferrey in the Pier goal.

Two outstanding saves from the Stokesley keeper denied Neil Thomas and Will Jenkinson, but the keeper couldn't stop Gary Thomas' header from a corner from finding the back of the net to open the scoring.

A stunning strike from the edge of the box from the lively Martin Cooper doubled Pier's lead and they quickly made it three when Tommy Barker won the ball high up the pitch and Billy Logan powered past the Stokesley centre-back and calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Neil Thomas limped off on the stroke of half-time and was replaced by stalwart Paul Provins, who teed up Cooper for a tap-in after the break, but the winger somehow managed to fire over the bar when the goal was gaping in front of him.

Pier boss Andy Spivey utilised the rolling subs rule for this competition and sent on Mikey Pickering and Steve Sheader for Shaun Dodson and Chris Nelson, and it didn't take long for Sheader to get in on the action.

After Logan missed a superb chance to kill the game off when one-on-one, Stokesley countered and Sheader mistimed a challenge and the ref pointed to the spot.

Luckily for Pier, the Stokesley man fired way over the bar and the chance had come and gone.

Pier heeded their warning and went straight up the other end and made it 4-0, Logan holding the ball up superbly before beating his marker to the byline and pulling back for Provins to tap in.

Stokesley appeared to give up at this stage and Pier cut through them at Will, Jenkinson missing a great chance when played through one-on-one before Spivey's men missed a host of chances to add to their tally.

They added a touch of gloss to the scoreline in stunning fashion, Jenkinson feeding Cooper, who controlled nicely and volleyed in from the edge of the box to finish things off at 5-0.

Pier started in impressive fashion, pressing high up the pitch and working tirelessly to win the ball back when Stokesley had hold of the ball, while when in possession, Cooper, Logan and Tommy Barker caused their defence all kinds of problems.

Man of the match Sam Garnett covered every blade of grass in an impressive performance, while midfield partner Jenkinson also grafted hard and full-backs James Wardle and Chris Nelson also shone.

Delighted boss Spivey said: "Couple of early scares, but after we got the first goal our class told and it was comfortable win in the end.

"I'm delighted for the lads, to win the cup with a win, unlike last time, is a great feeling. It's good for the town of Scarborough, the league and the club.

"Everybody has played their part in this cup win, the lads have been brilliant."