Luke Delve’s second-half masterclass edged Newlands Reserves to a 3-0 win in the League Trophy final against Whitby RFC at Pickering Town’s Mill Lane ground tonight.
A tight first half ensued as second division Newlands tried to utilise their prolific front two of Delve and Stew Bates, with Sam Chambers also impressing on the right flank.
Whitby were implementing a more direct approach as they looked to latch onto balls over the top.
Both sides probed on numerous occasions, but a mixture of last-gasp blocks, smart goalkeeping and poor finishing ensured the deadlock remained intact at half-time.
Newlands started to grasp control of the contest after the break and took a deserved lead after 65 minutes when Whitby centre-back Dave Welham, who had marshalled the Newlands frontmen in superb fashion until that point, lost possession to Delve, who squared to Bates, who made no mistake in tapping in unattended at the back post.
The game came alive again only a minute later as Newlands took advantage of a shellshocked Whitby, this time Delve latching onto a through-ball and calmly allowing Whitby keeper Sam Gale to sprawl onto the floor before coolly placing in for 2-0.
Newlands continued to dominate throughout the second half and should have added a third when Bates got in behind the Whitby rearguard, only to slam his shot into the side-netting when he had time to pick his spot or square to Delve.
Newlands were rewarded moments later though when they grabbed their third and final goal as Delve, who was named as Scarborough News man of the match, chested down and volleyed in in superb fashion from the edge of the box.
While Whitby gave a good account of themselves for 60 minutes against their higher-league opponents, Newlands deserved their win as their frontmen Bates and Delve shone and the midfield of Matty Shone, Stefan Moon, Adam Stride and Sam Chambers were resourcefulin possession and worked hard for their team when Whitby got on the ball.