Pier beat rivals Hunmanby to reclaim top spot

West Pier claimed top spot in the Scarborough Saturday League Division One table thanks to a 2-1 home win against title rivals Hunmanby United.

Saturday, 15th December 2018, 4:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th December 2018, 4:23 pm
Hunmanby on the attack at West Pier

The visitors, who had started the day in pole position, opened the scoring early on through James Pinder.

Pier had the lion's share of possession in the first half, but Hunmanby's defence held firm until the interval.

West Pier and Hunmanby battle it out

Both sides played well in difficult conditions after the break, and United nearly doubled their lead when Scott Wardman tipped Cam Dobson's effort onto the bar.

This proved to be the turning point as, in the 80th minute, Neil Thomas' bullet header levelled the scores.

Pier pressure paid off with a minute remaining as sub Billy Logan latched onto a long pass to fire in the winner for the home side.

Neil Thomas and Rich Tolliday were the men of the match for the victors.

A depleted Edgehill moved into second spot, just a point behind Pier and with three games in hand, thanks to a 4-0 win at Filey Town.

Jamie Patterson scored in the eighth and 12th minutes to give Edgehill an excellent start.

Jackson Jowett then scored the goal of the game, his 20th-minute effort a great strike across the Town keeper from just inside the penalty area.

Town improved after the interval, hitting the bar and having three great efforts saved, but the away win was confirmed on 65 minutes when veteran Alec Coulson notched for Edgehill.

Stand-in keeper Danny Collins, usually a striker, made two superb saves for the home side, while centre-back Dan Jones had a great game in the centre of midfield, but Patterson was man of the match after scoring a brace and being a real driving force for the title-chasers.

Town player-boss Jordan Philliskirk said: "I have to give our man of the man award to all 11 players today as we had a couple playing with knocks and one was ill, but they battled through and in the second half we had four good chances and took none, they had six or seven in the match and took four. This shows that they are the best team in the league."

Newlands ended their year on a high note after a 4-1 win at home to Sherburn.

The home side raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to a quickfire treble, and the villagers had a goal disallowed just before half-time when an effort looked to have crossed the line.

Sherburn improved after the interval and pulled a goal back thanks to a great lob from Tristan Mustoe, but paid the price for a succession of missed chances in the second period as Newlands broke away to score on the counter-attack.

Kyle O'Toole scored twice for Martin Cappleman's Newlands team, with Brandon Monaghan and Dan Freer also notching.

Paul Mills, Joey Harris and Harry Walmsley all impressed for Sherburn, while Martyn Jenkinson was man of the match for Newlands.

Itis Itis Rovers surged to a 5-0 win against Scalby.

Neil Forsyth opened the scoring for Rovers, with a Luke Jones double and a Sam Pickard effort making it 4-0 at the interval.

Jack Ramos netted a fifth for Rovers after the break as the visitors romped to victory.

Man of the match for Itis Itis was Sean Bloom in central midfield.