Pier aces poised for pole position

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WEST Pier can claim top spot in the Saturday League first division tomorrow if they avoid defeat against fourth-placed Ryedale Sports Club.

With leaders Edgehill in cup action, Andy Spivey’s charges - who are playing one of their two games in hand - can move into pole position if they win, and even a draw would put them top on goal difference with a game in hand.

Pier smashed a magnificent seven goals past basement club Scalby last weekend, but they will face a much sterner test against John Reed’s side tomorrow.

The Pickering-based club have been on impressive form in their first season back in the top flight, with striker Adam Hornby probably their most consistent player.

Pier will be looking to the attacking prowess of Paul Provins and Neil Thomas to guide them to victory, while they also have the likes of proven goalscorers Mikey Barker and Mike Hartnett in their squad.

Newlands need a win at Ayton tomorrow if they are to keep the pressure on the top two of Edgehill and Pier.

Shaun Mancrief’s side, who bowed out of the League Cup with a 2-0 defeat against Eastfield last weekend, did have a fine 3-2 win against Filey Town in their previous league game had maintained their title quest.

Daz Hastie scored twice in Ayton’s fine 3-2 win against Westover Wasps last week, and player-manager Chris McNeil will be looking for more of the same tomorrow at Filey Community Sports Club.

Eastfield are at home to lowly Fishburn Park tomorrow, so Kev David’s team will be firm favourites to net all three points.

The Eastway-based team are off the pace in the title race, but they will want to rack up some wins and hope that the top teams slip up in the run-in.

Four of the bottom five teams will battle it out in crucial fixtures tomorrow afternoon.

Injury-ravaged Scalby face a must-win game at home to Westover Wasps.

Chris Townsend’s team are 11 points clear of Scalby, but they have played five games than the villagers, so if the hosts can graft for a win tomorrow then that would offer them a glimmer of hope.

The other six-pointer in the top flight sees Cayton Corinthians travel to Sands Lane to tackle Hunmanby United.

The hosts are fourth from bottom on 11 points, having played a game more than Corinthians, who are a place lower on 10 points, so the winner of this game could well ease clear of the drop zone.

Second division leaders Seamer Sports will be eyeing a return to winning ways tomorrow at relegation-haunted Rillington Athletic.

Matty Dawson’s pacesetters lost out 3-2 against Whitby Fishermen’s Society last week, but they will fancy their chances against Rillington tomorrow.

Flixton’s hopes of gaining promotion were damaged by the Whitby team’s win, as although they are in second spot on 30 points, they have played seven games more than Fishermen’s - who have 18 points.

Matty Hobson’s Flixton team will be hoping a home win against FC Rosette on Saturday can keep the pressure on their rivals in the battle for a spot in the top flight.

Soba, who are fourth in the third division, face a tough home game with Westover Wasps Reserves, who are in third place.

Liam Buglass is on top scoring for for Wasps, having banged in four goals in their 7-0 win against Sleights last weekend, and he will be one for the Soba defence to look out for.

Soba are four points behind the Wasps, but Mike Keld’s team have games in hand so they must still be considered a serious threat to the top three of Falsgrave, Snainton and Wasps.

Snainton travel to Seamer Sports Reserves on Saturday, while Falsgrave entertain Ayton Reserves.