Saturday League: Division Three - Soba seal huge win in division three promotion battle

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Mike Keld’s Soba side struck a huge blow over promotion rivals Sleights after a 5-3 victory.


FC SOBA 5 (Rackham 3, Rose, Turner) SLEIGHTS 3 (Faichney, Fawcett, Martin)

FC Soba are now favourites to seal promotion from division three after beating early pacesetters Sleights 5-3.

Craig Rackham had a mixed first half as he missed from the penalty spot before netting a hat-trick before the break to make it 3-1 at half-time.

Matty Turner also missed from the spot as stand-in Sleights keeper James Howard saved to keep his side in the game after James Fawcett netted for the away side.

Jake Faichney bagged to make it 3-2 after the break but Georgie Rose scored for the home side to make it 4-2.

Andy Martin piled the pressure on the home side by firing in to make it 4-3, but Turner atoned for his earlier penalty miss by scoring to round things off at 5-3.

Keld highlighted the performance of Tony Stubbings.

WEST PIER RESERVES 8 (S Garnett 3, Speight, J Crawford, T Barker, Lee, Scotter) CAYTON RESERVES 0

Dave Crawford’s West Pier Reserves stayed top of the division three table after hammering eight past Cayton Reserves.

Tommy Barker and Rob Speight scored to make it 2-0 before a Sam Garnett hat-trick made it 5-0.

A 30-yard screamer from Jamie Lee and a fine solo strike from Jamie Scotter handed Pier a 7-0 lead before Jake Crawford headed in to wrap up the scoring.

WESTOVER WASPS RESERVES 2 (Hodgson 2) AYTON RESERVES 3 (Stubbings 2, Graystone)

Mark Plumpton’s Ayton Reserves side collected three points from their 3-2 win at Westover Reserves.

Jon Graystone beat a couple of men before firing the away side into the lead, but a Kev Hodgson volley levelled matters up.

Carl Sample then crossed for Tyson Stubbings to head in for 2-1 but Hodgson lobbed the visitor’s keeper to send the sides into the break at 2-2.

Ayton had to wait until the 70th minute to net their winner and it came when Graystone ran at the home defence before feeding Stubbings, who netted his second.

Stubbings was named as the man of the match for the victors, while Neal Castleton, Chris Townsend and Hodgson stood out for the home side.