Ellis treble fires Falsgrave to Trophy triumph

Nick Ellis was the hat-trick hero as Falsgrave held on to lift the League Trophy at Pickering Town’s Mill Lane on Tuesday night.

Falsgrave, who have just sealed promotion to the Saturday League’s top flight came up against a valiant opponent in third division outfit Scalby Reserves, but they had just enough to edge over the line by a 4-2 scoreline.

Boss Billy Johnson was a proud man when the final whistle was blown, though he was given a few worrying moments in an entertaining 90 minutes of football.

“We were without a few players and we have had to play two games in a week to get here, both of them went to extra-time,” he said.

“It took its toll but we have a good bunch of lads here, We have won promotion and now we want to move on to the District Cup final against Edgehill.

“It was a good match and Scalby did very well, but I thought we deserved it on the night.

“Everyone played their part, but Nick took his goals well and I thought Kieran Link was outstanding in the middle of the park.”

Scalby made a solid start and Carl Townley was unlucky not to give them the lead when he danced past keeper Shaun Gough, only for his shot to be hooked off the line.

It was Falsgrave who took the lead though when Link rose highest at the far post to head home a wicked corner from the right.

Gough’s worrying evening continued when he fumbled at the feet of Townley, who smashed his shot just past the post.

Scalby’s Darren Arnott again went close to levelling just before the interval, but his free-kick was tipped away to safety.

Scalby pushed another attacker up top when the new half started and they continued to trouble Falsgrave.

Gaz Davies came within a whisker of finding the net when his shot from distance shuddered the bar.

Play soon switched to the other end though and Ellis pounced for his first of the evening, drilling home after a neat touch 25-yards from goal.

Scalby showed their resilience though and two goals in 60 seconds brought them charging back into the fray.

Firstly Michael Brown’s swirling free-kick sailed into the net and then sub Danny Gregory tapped in after a glaring mix-up between Gough and his defender.

The errors were not restricted to the Falsgrave back-line though, as Karl Hansell and keeper Tom Manson had a nightmare second for Scalby, allowing Ellis to pounce for his second.

Ellis was then presented with his third of the evening after a second spill from Manson and things got worse for Scalby in the final seconds when striker Townley was dismissed for two very soft bookings.