ANDY Spivey’s West Pier side moved to within a solitary point of leaders Edgehill after battling back from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 victory, and three massive points in an increasingly exciting title race.
Edgehill started the better of the two sides and strolled into a 2-0 lead.
Lalan Flynn’s sweetly struck 25-yard effort made it 1-0 before a Paul Allick free-kick squeezed in off the post to double the leaders’ advantage.
Edgehill’s front three of Ricky Greening, Luke Jenkinson and Robbie Hawkes were causing Pier all sorts of problems at the back, but Spivey’s men halved their deficit when Neil Thomas was left unmarked at the back post and he tapped in to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Pier had more possession in the second half but had to wait until the 75th minute to level when Paul Provins sent Thomas clear and he finished well from a tight angle.
Pier’s pressure then paid off when Will Jenkinson powered in a bullet header to secure three massive points.
A dominant performance from Shaun Mancrief’s Newlands side saw them beat Filey Town 3-2.
James Jenkinson put Dave Brannan’s Filey 1-0 up, but Danny Jenkinson restored parity when he tapped into the empty net.
Newlands suffered another blow when theit talismanic striker Eric Hall had to go to hospital and have stitches in a head wound after an unfortunate collision.
And then Liam Sugden restored Filey’s lead going into the break.
But Newlands showed grit and determination, and were fully deserving of their equaliser after 65 minutes.
Kile Fields finished well into the bottom corner to make it 2-2.
And the turnaround was complete with 10 minutes left on the clock when Billy Logan beat Filey’s stand-in keeper Oliver Stephenson at the near post.
Newlands move up to fourth after their win, and with some big games against their title rivals to come, still have a chance of mounting a charge.
Eastfield St James’ chances of picking up the title all but ended after they suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of John Reed’s Ryedale side.
The scores were level until Ryedale took the lead after the half-time interval.
But Nick Heggarty’s strike from the edge of the area levelled things up.
But Ryedale weren’t to be denied the three points and they found the back of the net again to secure a 2-1 win, moving them above their hosts and into third place in the table.
Cayton moved out of the relegation zone with a 4-2 home victory over Fishburn Park.
Matt Perry crashed the ball into the visitors net from close-range following a goalmouth scramble to give Cayton the lead after 25 minutes.
A sublime overhead kick from Phil Warnett made it 2-0 to the hosts.
Park, who looked dangerous on the counter attack throughout the first period, pulled a goal back when they broke clear and netted.
Mark Vasey restored his side’s two-goal advantage with a scuffed penalty.
Perry sealed Cayton’s win with a powerful effort from just inside the box in the 70th minute.
The visitors scored a late consolation goal but it proved too late.
Left-back Harry Holden was Cayton’s man of the match.
Westover Wasps battled back from 3-0 down to take a 5-3 win at home to Scalby.
Scalby started the brighter of the sides and took a 2-0 lead at half-time through goals from Adam Stride and the returning Leo Morton.
And they looked well set for the win when Stride grabbed his second and Scalby’s third just after half-time.
But Westover had other ideas and two goals from Isaac Sands and strikes from Jon Cairns, Josh Sands and Jono Lorrains secured them the win.
Hunmanby leapt out of the bottom two with a shock 3-2 win at Ayton.
Two goals from Ryan Baldry and a Martin Jenkinson thunderbolt saw the Sands Lane club move above Fishburn and Scalby.
Steve Roberts and Daz Hastie netted for Ayton.