Champs complete double over York RI

Jonathan Newton
Jonathan Newton

York Railway Institute 1

Old Malton St Mary’s 3

Old Malton completed an early York Minster Engineering Premier League double over their hosts and in doing so kept the pressure on the season’s early pacesetters.

For the second week in succession they were guilty of some awful play in the final third, with a number of players guilty of some very poor finishing.

Early pressure by the visitors saw them force three corners in the opening five minutes, but to their credit, RI defended well to clear their lines and keep the scores level.

More attacking play from Old Malton did give them the lead when a Dean Nuttall cross picked out Jimmy Tonkinson at the far post on 11 minutes.

His pinpoint delivery to Danny Fogg was finished with the deftest of headers, giving the home keeper no chance.

Jon Newton blazed over on 12 minutes, quickly followed by Liam Preston’s towering header that went a yard the wrong side of the post.

With the hosts firmly on the back foot, they were saved by the upright when Sam Lander showed great technique to smash a 16th minute half-volley past the keeper and off the post.

The game became more even as RI grew in confidence, but despite this, Robbie Thackray found himself only having to deal with a couple of shots from distance.

Simon Cooke headed over from a Nuttall corner on 38 minutes, before the ball of the game by Jamie Shepherd sent Nuttall away down the left.

His cross to Tonkinson was begging to be slotted home from six yards, but a square ball to the marked Newton saw the chance gone.

The second half couldn’t have started much worse for Old Malton when a quick through ball found Shepherd the wrong side of his man.

A desperate attempt to put in a tackle ended with the home forward being dragged down, the resulting penalty being fired past Thackray to level matters on 47 minutes.

This lack of concentration was soon put behind them eight minutes later when a cross by Callum Scott found stand-in captain Robbie Baker. He got himself in front of the keeper to glance the ball home and regain the lead for his side.

Cooke pulled out a cracking block on 57 minutes to keep Old Malton in front, before the home number one made an equally important block at the feet of Newton.

Following a pre-season injury, Daman Cox made a long overdue debut on the hour mark, Tonkinson making way in a straight swap down the left.

His introduction almost paid dividends when after only two minutes on the pitch he rose high above the home defence to power Fogg’s cross inches over the bar.

The all-important third goal came when another defence splitting pass by Baker sent Newton away to beat the offside trap and smash the ball under the keeper.

With the game looking safe, Old Malton proceeded to pile men forward in an attempt to put daylight between them and their hosts. Cooke’s downward header on 66 minutes was scrambled off the line, before the same Fogg, Cooke combination saw Cooke thump a header back off the angle of the goal.

With 12 minutes left the post was again rattled following a flowing move by Baker, Fogg, Lander and Cox, the latter’s left-footed pile driver leaving the bewildered home goalkeeper stranded.

He was soon back in action again making good saves from Fogg and Nuttall, before Cox hit another screamer from 25 yards that the keeper did very well to hold on to.

Old Malton are on their travels again this week, when they travel to Riccall United, who have made a solid start to their league campaign.