Pinder power boosts Staxton

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STAXTON kept their hopes of a push for the second division title alive with a convincing 7-3 success at home to Trafalgar Reserves.

The village side led 2-1 at half-time after a very keenly-contested first 45 minutes, but four goals scored in the first 15 minutes of the second period effectively killed off Traf’s hopes of a revival.

Rob Pinder was the star striker once again for the home side with four goals, while man of the match Ed Woodmansey, Jonny Blakestone and Johnny Lane also got their names on the scoresheet.

Teenager Alex Bowman, son of former Scarborough FC ace Dave, scored a hat-trick to cap a cracking display up front for the visitors.

Despite letting seven goals in, Traf keeper Chris Garton pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the score from going into double figures.

The only negative note for Staxton was striker Chris Dove limping off at half-time with injury, although player-boss Dave Bates is hopeful that he will have recovered in time for their next game against Tonics this weekend - and the East Riding FA Vice-President’s Cup quarter-final against Schooner, which will be played a week on Sunday, 11am ko.

Tonics dented Merchant’s push for the second division title by holding the leaders to a 2-2 draw.

The visitors opened the scoring after just five minutes, skipper Andrew Noon cutting in from the right flank to fire a 20-yard volley past the Merchant keeper.

Ash Townley’s back-post header put Merchant back on level terms before half-time.

Mark Vasey’s long-range shot put Merchant 2-1 up, but 10 minutes from time striker Luke Jones earned Tonics a point with a clinical finish.

Centre-back Phil Meads was man of the match for Tonics.