Edgehill kept their Scarborough News Saturday League division one title hopes alive with a 4-2 at rivals Filey Town, while Eastfield, Ryedale and Whitby Fisherman’s Society also started the new year in winning fashion.
Scarborough News Saturday League
Filey Town 2 (Tomlinson, Pinder) Edgehill 4 (Jenking, Link, Dodson pen, Collins)
Edgehill moved above Filey Town into second spot in the first division after turning on the style in a 4-2 win at Clarence Drive.
Jay Taylor’s side started strongly and opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a thumping volley from Ricky Tomlinson, the winger taking advantage after stand-in keeper Nige Pearson’s punched clearance fell to him on the edge of the box after a long free-kick was launched upfield.
Ten minutes later Edgehill were back on level terms through an Aaron Jenking shot, and Kieran Link, playing our of his usual central midfield position and on the left wing due to Gary Hepples and Pickering Town skipper Jamie Patterson playing in central midfield, headed his side in front after a corner from Shaun Dodson.
James Pinder also had a couple of chances for Town before half-time, but it was the visitors who deserved to be in front at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half Dodson fired in his side’s third goal from the penalty spot after Tomlinson was penalised for handball.
Taylor said: “This was the turning point for us, Ricky could not really avoid the ball as it flew up off his thigh and struck his arm so it was harsh.”
With Filey pushing forward looking for a second they were caught out in the 70th minute, as Edgehill regained possession, Ricky Greening collecting the ball on halfway and finding lone striker Danny Collins with a cracking pass and the forward side-footed the ball into the net from the edge of the box to secure the three points.
Town struck a second goal 10 minutes from time with a Pinder strike, but it came too late to save the hosts.
Edgehill boss Steve Clegg said: “This was a great all-round team effort, with stand-in keeper Pearson, as well as Link and Dodson - who was also playing out of position as centre-back instead of his usual central midfield berth - deserving of special mention.”
Eastfield 2 (Warnett, Hegarty) Ayton 1 (Thomas)
Eastfield fought back from 1-0 down claim a crucial 2-1 home win against Ayton, a result that lifts them into the top half of the table.
Centre-back Rich Thomas, who was also the man of the match for the away side, put Ayton ahead after only eight minutes with a powerful header and despite the home side hitting the crossbar the villagers still lead at the interval.
Eastfield piled on the pressure after the break, and it came as no surprise when Phil Warnett levelled for the home side on the hour mark with a close-range finish after a goalmouth scramble.
Ten minutes later Nick Hegarty notched the winner with a low shot.
Ryedale Sports Club 3 (Gray 2, Allison) Seamer Sports 2 (Clough, J Tiffany)
Ryedale boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a thrilling 3-2 home win against Seamer Sports.
The home side made the ideal start with Matty Allison netting after a fine through-ball from Adam Hornby.
Darren Clough had the ideal chance to level for Seamer when the visitors were awarded a penalty for a foul by stalwart Heath Brown, the latter also receiving his marching orders for the challenge, but Ryedale keeper Dave Whitelock saved the spot-kick.
Despite being reduced to 10 men the home side raced straight back into the Seamer half and scored their second through Josh Gray.
Clough made up for his earlier miss with a deft 40th minute header which looped over the hands of Whitelock, an exquisite pass from right-sided midfielder Dan Jewitt having created the opening for the pacy striker.
Seamer were caught napping again, as Ryedale struck just before half-time, Jamie Fewster seting Gray up for his second goal of the game.
Great keeping from man of the match Whitelock saw Ryedale hang onto their lead until the 80th minute, when Joe Tiffany reduced the arrears for Seamer, who piled on the pressure throughout the second half. They pushed on again looking for an equaliser but Ryedale held on for a crucial three points.
Craig Love earned the star man honour for Seamer, starting at right-back and moving up into central midfield.
Hunmanby United 1 (C Crawford) Whitby Fisherman’s Society 5 (Purvis 2, McGovern, Braithwaite, Hart)
Hunmanby United had a day to forget at home to second-from-bottom Whitby Fisherman’s Society, losing 5-1 and having a man sent off.
The Sands Lane club had made a bright start, taking the lead with a cracking Chris Crawford free-kick, but it was all downhill from there for the home side.
Whitby struck three times to charge into a 3-1 lead, the first was a tap-in at the back post from Alex McGovern, the second a Jordan Purvis effort and the third a superb effort from outside the penalty area from their man of the match, central midfielder Ryan Braithwaite.
After half-time Nick Crawford was sent off to add to the home side’s woes.
Neil Hart and Purvis netted in the second half to seal the win for the Whitby side, who will be boosted by the fact that they have games in hand on most of their rivals in the bottom half of the table.
Tom Micklethwaite and Dave Tonks were the only United players to shine.