Ayton’s Carl hopes to Sample cup glory

STRIKE ACE ... Stu Dickens
STRIKE ACE ... Stu Dickens

AYTON defender Carl Sample is hoping his side can go all the way and win the Scarborough & District FA Harbour Cup.

Chris McNeil’s side face Eastfield St James in the quarter-finals of the competition tomorrow and Sample wants to play his part in getting the team into the final.

He said: “It is a big game but it is, I feel, a good time to play against Eastfield because they are not the team they were and have struggled a bit recently.

“Saying that, it is a semi-final and both teams want to get to the final and I just hope I can play my part in an Ayton victory.”

Ayton have not had it easy in division one but have a habit of doing well in the cup competitions.

Sample has played for the club in finals for the past two campaigns but has come out on the losing side.

Now he is hoping it will be third time lucky if Ayton can get past Eastfield.

Sample said: “It is gutting to get to a final and then lose and that has happened to me in the past two seasons.

“I am hoping this time we will get to the final and win the trophy because that is why we play the game.

“We have some key players available for the game wih Eastfield which is important such as striker Steve Roberts, midfielder Alex Hamilton and Danny Stevens who has pretty much played in every position for the team.

“We have got a real opportunity to get through and it would be great to continue our good form in the cups.”

In the other semi-final Filey Town entertain Newlands.

Town boss Dave Brannan said: “It is a huge game and I am looking for the lads to put in a performance after we lost two weeks ago at Ryedale.

“Newlands are a good side so it will be a tough game but we have the ability to cause them problems.

“We have James Jenkinson, Liam Barnes and Stu Dickens all back so that should give us a boost.”

In division one bottom of the table Cayton Corinthians have a crucial game at home to Ryedale Sports.

Cayton player-boss Rhys Howell said: “We have got four games to save our season - starting with Ryedale.

“The way things stand I believe that we need a minimum of two wins from our remaining fixtures if we are to have any chance of beating the drop into the second division.

“It is not going to be easy, we are on a bad run and Ryedale are a very good side going forward. We have got plenty of quality within our squad, it is just a question of belief.

“As has been the case for most of this season we are without a number of key personnel on Saturday, Harry Holden and Tom Gibson to name but a few are unavailable this week.

“However, we are boosted by the return from injury of Jake Scutt, while Daz Stabler has made himself available for the first team for the rest of this season. Those two have a lot of experience and will be key to our chances of survival.”

Scalby picked up a massive 3-1 victory over Fishburn Park last weekend to move off the foot of the table.

Tomorrow, Matthew Scott’s charges face a huge task when they go to high-flying Edgehill who are still doing their best to hunt down league-leaders West Pier.

Division three leaders Falsgrave are hoping to get their title bid back on track when they go to Scalby Reserves.

Billy Johnson’s Falsgrave outfit were defeated 3-2 by Westover Wasps Reserves last time out and the manager is keen to get back to winning ways.

He said: “To be honest I felt that we should have beaten Westover but they are a decent side and we did not get the job done.

“Our form since Christmas has not been great but we have some talented players and I have belief in them.

“The likes of Mikey Anderson, Kieran Link and Paul Brady are vital for us if we are to go up.

“We have a doubt over the fitness of midfielder Clayton Walker after he had to come off against Westover.”