Saturday divisions 2 & 3 night games: Falsgrave close in on promotion

editorial image

Falsgrave beat second division title rivals Filey Town Reserves 3-2 to edge closer to promotion to the top flight, while Soba returned to top spot in division three after beating visitors Ayton Reserves 6-0 and their rivals Sleights drew 2-2 in a stormy encounter at Whitby RFC.

Division two

Falsgrave 3 (Brady 2, Ellis) Filey Town Reserves 2 (M Dickens, Jordan Powell)

Falsgrave closed in on a second successive promotion after a win in this five-goal thriller against fellow title-chasers Town.

Paul Brady smacked in a brace of goals for the home side, with tall striker Nick Ellis notching the other.

Matty Dickens and Jordan Powell were on target for Jay Taylor’s Town outfit.

Ellis was the key man for Falsgrave, assisting one of Brady’s goals and he was a constant menace to the Town defence all night.

Falsgrave boss Billy Johnson said: “Gav McGough and Kieran Link also bossed the midfield throughout.

“I think we need one more point to get promoted or for Snainton to lose their last game, which is against Edgehill Reserves, so it looks good for us.

“For two years we have been excellent, and I have only added two players from last season as they are such a close-knit squad.”

Taylor added: “We hit the post in the dying moments and had a strong penalty appeal waved away.

“They battled really well and played to their strengths pumping it up to their big striker. I am disappointed to lose but we move onto the next game and its still in our own hands whether we win the title or not.”

Cayton 1 (Stubbs) Flixton 3 (Jackson, Chambers, Hague)

Flixton kept their own challenge for a promotion slot on track with a fine win at relegation-battling Cayton.

In a scrappy game on a hard pitch, Flixton - playing uphill - took the lead on 25 minutes when Tim Jackson bundled the ball home from close-range after a corner.

Ten minutes later, James Hughes worked well down the left wing, beating his full-back and playing it across to goal-poacher Luke Chambers who scored from a couple of yards out.

After half-time, Cayton got back in the game with a good header from Simon Stubbs.

But in the 65th minute Flixton made sure of the points with a stunning, dipping shot from 30 yards out, which looped into the net over the Cayton keeper.

Craig Sherwin was named as the man of the match for Flixton.

Other result: FC Rosette 6 Scalby 2

Division three

Whitby RFC 2 (Craig pen, Usher) Sleights 2 (Faichney, Brennan pen)

Three players saw red in this stormy derby clash, with visitors Sleights losing ground in the promotion race as a consequence of the draw.

The game started in explosive fashion, with Whitby RFC’s Ben Hogarth fouled in the area and Damon craig firing them into the lead from the spot after only three minutes.

Four minutes later Sleights were back on level terms when Jake Faichney headed home from a free-kick.

Home keeper Sam Gale then pulled off a world-class save to keep out a Ben Watson shot that seemed destined to put Sleights ahead.

Neither side could break through before half-time, and it was not until the 72nd minute when the second goal arrived for the visitors.

Once again it was from the penalty spot, Gale just failing to keep out Lee Brennan’s spot-kick.

The visitors then had goalscorer Faichney sent off for a high tackle on James Ingels, and Whitby RFC’s Dan Butler also saw red for pushing an opponent.

In injury-time Mark Usher was the home hero, flicking the ball in from a free-kick to earn his side a point.

Whitby RFC boss Ste Mothersdale said: “In the dying moments Usher was sent off for lifting up an opponent and throwing him to the floor in a heated finale, which saw the arguments continue after the final whistle.

“Dave Welham was our man of the match, while left-winger Mikey Kilpatrick also impressed. This was a great result and we have improved a lot since Christmas. “Hopefully I can keep all these players together and we can push for promotion next season.”

Scalby Reserves 3 (Brown 3) Athletico2B 0

A Michael Brown hat-trick helped Scalby record a shock home win against Frank White Trophy-winners Athletico2B, denting the visitors’ promotion aspirations.

Brown struck twice before half-time to put the hosts in the driving seat.

The score stayed the same until the 70th minute when Brown won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, and he stepped up to curl the free-kick into the bottom corner of the net.

This was a great team effort, with Jez Clifford, Brown and Jake Scutt the shining lights in a superb all-round effort by the villagers.

Soba 6 (Rackham 2, Turner, Buckross, Rose, L Vasey) Ayton Reserves 0

Soba returned to the top of the third division table with a home win against a hard-working Ayton Reserves side.

Central midfielder Georgie Rose opened the scoring with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, the goal of the game from the hosts’ man of the match.

Liam Vasey added a second with Matty Turner making it 3-0.

Sean Buckross hit the fourth goal for Soba, with a brace from Sam Rackham wrapping up the win for the hosts.

Other result:Westover Wasps Reserves 3 Falsgrave Reserves 4