SATURDAY DIVISION 3: Pier stunned by rivals Athletico2B

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Third division leaders West Pier Reserves suffered a 5-3 defeat at home to promotion rivals Athletico2B, while Ayton Reserves won 3-0 at Seamer Reserves and Scalby Reserves beat Sleights Reserves 2-0

Scarborough News Saturday League

Division three

West Pier Reserves 3 (Speight 3) Athletico2B 5 (Stockell, Goodwin, Kirkup, Bowman, Dale)

Third division leaders West Pier Reserves suffered their second defeat in as many weeks, this time losing out 5-3 at home to promotion hopefuls Athletico2B, despite leading 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining

Mikey Barker hit the bar early on for a weakened Pier side, his shot rebounding out for Rob Speight to score, but a trademark 25-yard low strike from Adam Stockell brought the visitors back on level terms.

Pacy forward Shaun Goodwin struck from 16 yards to put the visitors in front, but Speight’s second, from an acute angle and into the bottom corner of the net, made it 2-2 at the half-time interval.

Barker was once again the provider for Speight’s hat-trick goal to put Pier, who did not have any subs and had one player battling on with an injury, back in the driving seat, but three goals in the final 15 minutes saw Athletico2B grab all three points.

Sub Steve Kirkup levelled for the away team with a looping shot over the Pier keeper, then midfield lynchpin Chris Bowman put Athletico2B back in front and a close-range header from man of the match Damo Dale wrapped up the three-point haul.

Dave Crawford, the Pier boss, said: “I am proud of all the lads, and they all deserve a share of the man-of-the-match award. We had no subs and this cost us in the end as they hit three late goals after we had been leading 3-2.”

Seamer Sports Reserves 0 Ayton Reserves 3 (Stubbings 2, Prentice)

Ayton Reserves cruised to a 3-0 win at Seamer Sports Reserves.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 25th minute, player-boss Mark Plumpton starting the move, setting Robbie Gill free and his pass found Kieran Friett, who teed up striker Tyson Stubbings to take the ball around the Seamer keeper.

Stubbings hit the bar after the break, but Ayton did eventually double their lead on the hour mark when Mark Craven flicked the ball onto left-back Niall Prentice, who had raced forward from his defensive posting to smash his volley into the net.

Fifteen minutes from time Stubbings made it 3-0 with a neat finish and the youngster still had time to hit the crossbar with another shot.

Central midfielder Friett and Prentice shared the man-of-the-match honours for Ayton.

Scalby Reserves 2 (Wheatman 2) Sleights Reserves 0

A Nic Wheatman doubled helped Scalby Reserves secure a 2-0 home win against 10-man Sleights Reserves.

In a fairly tame opening period the only real notable moment was the dismissal of Sleights’ Steve McGill for using foul and abusive language a minute before the interval.

This seemed to spark Jeff Brader’s team into life and after a quiet opening five minutes, the hosts began to turn on the style, and a free-flowing move was finished off by Wheatman in the 55th minute.

Further good play allowed Wheatman to wrap up the points with another strong finish in the 70th minute.

Taylor Jordan also hit the bar late on for the home side.

Darren Eves was named as man of the match for the victors, with Arron Leeman the star man for Sleights.