Pier and Traf’s success does Scarboro’ proud

130954a West Pier FC team, before the County Cup semi-final at Staxton, Saturday.   Photo by Andrew Higgins    02/03/2013
130954a West Pier FC team, before the County Cup semi-final at Staxton, Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 02/03/2013

West Pier and Trafalgar polished off a perfect season for Scarborough clubs when both won their respective North Riding Cups.

Sunday League side Traf beat Northallerton WMC in the final of the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup, while West Pier collected the Saturday version of the silverware.

This is despite Pier losing a number of players to Scarborough Town earlier in the campaign and Traf being stung by the senior players rule in the competition.

Traf collected their trophy on the night, while Pier are still awaiting their honour.

They won the competition by an FA ruling after opponents Thirsk Falcons fielded an ineligible goalkeeper in the final at Stokesley.

Pier boss Andy Spivey said: “The whole thing is great for the area.

“If you look at this season, we won the Saturday cup, Traf won the Sunday cup and Pickering Town won the North Riding Senior Cup with a number of players from Scarborough in their team.

“To win any of those competitions is a massive achievement and it is obviously good for the town.

“We have never been anywhere near in that competition before, so to win it is great.

“Edgehill had a good run as well through to the semi-finals, which again shows how strong things are in Scarborough at the moment.

“The Scarborough Town thing really hit us because of the fact that you can’t play any of their players for 28 days, but it is a case of just having to get on with it.

“A lot of it is about luck because you have to avoid the big teams in the earlier stages of the competition, we did that, but we also put in some good performances on the way.”

Traf manager Salt, who featured for Pickering in their North Riding win against Marske on Tuesday night, added: “To get to the North Riding final with no senior players was a great achievement.

“It shows the depth and the quality of the players in town that both West Pier and us can achieve this.

“A lot of lads have stepped up for us though, you only have to look at our keeper Gary Ellwood and also Nick Hegarty, who scored a hat-trick in the semi-final.

“In the end we had to get through six matches, which obviously isn’t easy.

“I have to say a lot of thanks to Martin Dixon and Wayne Aziz, who have been a great help throughout the season.”

Pier have already wrapped up a double on Saturday, as they scooped the league title this week.

If Traf win their game on Sunday by more goals than rivals Newlands then they can also seal the double.