Brown fires Kirkby young guns to win

Rosedale line up
Rosedale line up

KIRKBYMOORSIDE Reserves striker Jason Brown scored both goals in their 2-0 success at home to Beckett League division one rivals Sinnington in the second round of the Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy.

The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, but couldn’t grab the opener and on 20 minutes, a Sinnington clearance hit another defender, the ball falling nicely to Jason Brown to fire home from inside the six-yard box.

The second half was much of the same, scrappy play, and not many chances, with Kirkby central midfielder Shaun Cox hitting the bar from around 25 yards out with a fierce shot.

The Moorsiders sealed the win with 15 minutes to go, Jason Brown coolly finishing from around the penalty spot.

Sinnington rarely tested the Kirkbymoorside goalkeeper Will Smith, but when he was called into action he looked very solid - playing well on his 17th birthday.

Sinnington’s man of the match was Graham Bateman for a great display in central midfield, while his counterpart Azza Rivis was the Kirkby man of the match.

Cox and teenager Brad Spink also impressed for the victors, as did Max Frazer on the left flank.

Possibly the most surprising scoreline was first division strugglers Gillamoor hammering runaway second division leaders Ryedale Sports Club Reserves 7-1.

The visitors, who are managed by Shaun Hornby, were not helped by the loss of two key midfielders who were drafted into the first team for their match at home to Westover Wasps, and a couple of injuries.

Ryedale were totally outplayed from the whistle, with the hosts opening the scoring in the first minute direct from a corner.

Another two goals on 30 and 35 minutes put the hosts 3-0 up at half-time, and when they scored again five minutes into the second half it was game over.

Ryedale were given a brief glimmer of hope a minute later when a Matty Gardner free-kick picked out Heath Brown to head in.

Gillamoor restored their four-goal lead in the 69th minute, and six minutes later they made it 6-1, with a penalty capping the win for the hosts.

Hornby said: “If we get promoted to the first division we will have to up our game as the full squad didn’t turn up and deserved to get hammered.

“Sub Sam Leng was the top performer on a bad day.”

Left-winger Jake Dowson, left-back Tom Skelton and striker Luke Tateson struck two goals apiece for the victors, with central midfielder Luke McLaren also on the score-sheet.

Skelton was named as the Gills man of the match.

Union Rovers eased into the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win against Union Rovers 2nds.

Forward Dean Sleightholme scored twice for the victors, with midfielders Liam Foley and Ben Webster also on target.

Rosedale also breezed through, winning 4-0 at home to fellow first division side Duncombe Park.

Martin Foxton, right-winger Tom Bell and centre-half Stuart Dowson netted for the hosts, with top-scorer Kyle Clacherty hitting his 10th in seven games in a cameo performance after coming on as a sub on the hour mark. Dowson was the man of the match for Rosedale.

The other Trophy match saw Bagby & Balk hammer Easingwold Town 3rds 6-0.