Newlands hit 12 in Commercial success

Ayton (red) go on the attack during their demolition of Alma. Pictures: Steve Lilly
Ayton (red) go on the attack during their demolition of Alma. Pictures: Steve Lilly

Newlands Park smashed 12 goals past Commercial to move joint-top of the Division One table.

Ben Luntley’s men now only trail leaders Trafalgar on goal difference after their 12-2 success at Snainton, although they have played one game more than their title rivals.

An Alma man clears his lines

An Alma man clears his lines

Jack Hakings led the way for Park with four goals, while Drew McCoubrey and Stewart Bates both chipped in with braces.

Also on target for the home side in a game which they led 6-0 at half-time were player-boss Luntley, Jacob Codling, Kile Fields and Luke Tinker.

Robin Coulson with a penalty and Macaulay Youngson were the men on the scoresheet for a depleted Commercial.

Newlands midfielder Stefan Moon was named man of the match.

Alma close down an Ayton attack

Alma close down an Ayton attack

In the day’s only other game, Ayton leapfrogged Trafalgar Reserves to go top of the Division Two table after a 16-1 demolition of 10-man Alma.

With Ayton’s pitch under water, the game was played on AstroTurf, yet the change in surface didn’t seem to affect Mark Plumpton’s men as they claimed a first-minute lead through Dan Pickard.

Alma hit back through Paul Fergus, but a 25-yard Tom Duckworth volley restored the village side’s advantage.

Niall Prentice, Dan Appleby and Brad Parkin with a brace all netted to send the hosts in at the break 6-1 up.

It was one way traffic after the interval, Parkin completing his hat-trick, Appleby adding another and substitute Rob Ward bagging a double to take Ayton into double figures.

Danny Bywater grabbed the next two, before efforts from Tom Wilde, Jordan Pratt and a pair of own goals rounded the scoring off.

Centre-half Parkin was man of the match for the victors after scoring the perfect hat-trick - a goal with each foot and then a header - while left-back Anthony Dalton impressed for Alma.