Ayton boosted their fight against the drop from division one with a hard-earned 4-2 home win against rivals Whitby Fisherman’s Society, while Edgehill kept their title bid on track with a gritty 1-0 home win against Filey Town.
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Ayton 4 (Roberts 2, one pen, Thomas, Stubbings) Whitby Fisherman’s Society 2 (Bailey, Scaife)
Ayton climbed off the foot of the table with a crucial 4-2 home win against fellow division one relegation strugglers Whitby Fisherman’s Society.
The visitors surged into a 2-0 lead early on through Sam Bailey and Peter Scaife, but player-boss Steve Roberts pulled a goal back for the hosts from the penalty spot after right-winger Dan Peel had been fouled in the area.
Roberts then turned provider, setting up centre-back Rich Thomas to net the leveller for the villagers just before half-time.
Alex Hamilton was brought on for Mark Vasey at half-time and this move paid off when, on the hour mark, Hamilton set up Roberts to send a bobbling shot through the Whitby keeper’s hands.
Three minutes from time the points were secured when Roberts broke free and cut the ball back for left-winger Chris Stubbings to rifle in his shot from 15 yards.
Stubbings and Peel shared the man-of-the-match award for Ayton in a win that lifts them above Ryedale and Seamer, and with games in hand on both their rivals, but it also drags Whitby back into the relegation mix.
Man of the match for Whitby was their hard-working central midfielder Jordan Purvis.
Edgehill 1 (Link) Filey Town 0
Edgehill kept their title challenge on track with a hard-earned 1-0 home win against third-placed Filey Town.
Both teams struggled to get going in a scrappy first half, but Will Hunter had an excellent chance to put Town in front from the penalty spot but a superb diving stop from Edgehill keeper Martin Cappleman denied the visitors, who also had a great chance which fell to Lee Lambert.
Edgehill boss Steven Clegg brought on Ricky Greening and Kieran Link at half-time, and within 10 minutes of this change Link latched onto a superb 50-yard through-ball from Gary Hepples and slotted home the winner.
Town had a couple of breakaway chances late on but Edgehill held firm.
Clegg singled out centre-backs Ricky Nock and Jason Darling, keeper Cappleman and left-back Stephen Whitaker, promoted from the reserves, as his star players on the night. Jay Taylor hailed defender Ben Briggs as his man of the match.
West Pier 1 (Speight) Eastfield 4 (Clarkson 2, Caw, Appleton)
A Neil Clarkson brace saw Eastfield fight back from 1-0 down to win 4-2 at West Pier.
Sam Garnett set up Rob Speight to give Pier a 1-0 lead at the interval.
Clarkson then put Eastfield on level terms almost straight from the kick-off of the second half, with further goals from Ali Caw, Jack Appleton and Clarkson sealing a 4-1 win.
Filey Town Reserves 3 FC Rosette 4 (A Wray, J Wray, Blackburn, own goal)
FC Rosette look to have secured their second division status with a 4-3 win at relegation rivals Filey Town Reserves.
Al Wray’s thunderbolt free-kick put Rosette in front, with a Jamie Wray header and a Tommy Blackburn tap-in making it 3-0.
The hosts pulled a goal back, but an own goal restored the three-goal lead, but two more strikes pulled it back to 4-3 at the break, but there were no further goals in the second half.
Flixton 1 (Hurthwaite) Newlands Park Reserves 1 (Bates)
Flixton earned what may prove to a crucial point in their battle against the drop with a 1-1 home draw against second-placed Newlands Park Reserves.
Man of the match Stew Bates put Park in front on 25 minutes but just before half-time, in-form left-back James Hurthwaite levelled for the home side, who also had keeper Tom Hicks, right-back Gary Maw and centre-back Tim Jackson on top form.
Snainton 2 (Hodges, Holt) Cayton Corinthians 1 (Durham)
After a goalless first half, Lee Hodges put Snainton in front on 65 minutes - after good work from Tommy Day - against lowly Cayton, but a 20-yard shot from Ash Durham levelled the scores.
Five minutes from time a stunning half-volley from the edge of the box from Rob Holt fizzed into the roof of the net in off the bar. Josh Lewis impressed at centre-half for Cayton.
Athletico2B 1 (Swift) Seamer Sports Reserves 2
Athletico2B suffered a shock 2-1 home loss against an impressive Seamer Reserves side despite taking the lead from winger Sam Swift.
Seamer scored twice in the second half to secure the three points. Damian Dale was man of the match for the hosts with Chris Bowman and Swift also shining again.
Falsgrave Reserves 4 (Stancill 3, Anderson) Commercial 4 (Somers, Riley, Hazel, Day)
The honours were shared in this thrilling clash, sub Jacob Hazel and Mikey Day netting in the final 10 minutes to earn Commercial a point.
Ryan Somers scored direct form a corner early on for the visitors and Macauley Riley made it 2-0 from close range, but they failed to add any further goals despite being dominant and they paid the price when Mikey Anderson pulled a goal back for Falsgrave on the stroke of half-time.
A hat-trick from their man of the match Nick Stancill looked to have handed Falsgrave the points but the two late Commercial goals earned them a point. Left-back Ben Watson was the star man for Commercial.
Scalby Reserves 1 (Gill og) Ayton Reserves 1 (Thornton)
Ayton Reserves earned a 1-1 draw at Scalby Reserves thanks to a bullet header from Paul Thornton after Ross Gill had punched the ball into his own net to give Scalby the lead.
Mark Plumpton hailed his entire Ayton team as the winners of the man-of-the-match award as they halted a run of five defeats on the trot.