Flixton’s Ian Laing bagged a late winner for his side in their nine-goal thriller against Edgehill Reserves, while Sleights suffered a shock defeat at Westover Reserves in division three.
FLIXTON 5 (Laing 3, Chambers 2) EDGEHILL RESERVES 4 (Ferrey 2, Watson, M Cappleman)
Mick Stephenson’s Flixton side kept their outside chances of promotion alive after coming out on top of a nine-goal barnstormer against Edgehill Reserves.
It looked like Flixton were going to run away with it after they took an early 3-0 lead through two Ian Laing goals separated by a Luke Chambers effort.
A Mike Cappleman strike gave Edgehill hope heading into the interval, when their manager Martyn Ferrey ringing the changes.
The most important change came in the form of the player-boss bringing himself on, and he quickly made a big difference.
Flixton extended their lead through Chambers’ second but Ferrey swept in a free-kick before bagging a second from the edge of the box to make it 4-3.
It looked like Edgehill were going to go on and win the game after JP Watson’s leveller, but the home side rallied and Laing hammered in off the post from long range with just a minute left on the clock to seal a big win for Flixton.
Flixton boss Stephenson was full of praise for his entire side, while Ferrey singled out right-back Steven Whittaker as Edgehill’s stand-out player.
FILEY TOWN RESERVES 5 (S Dickens 2, M Dickens, Sheldon, Flynn) SNAINTON 0
Jay Taylor’s Filey Town Reserves were in fine form as they breezed past table-toppers Snainton.
They were 2-0 up at the interval through goals from Stu Dickens and Scott Sheldon.
Stu Dickens turned provider when he laid on for Matty Dickens before Stu was back on the scoresheet again to make it 4-0.
Skipper Lalan Flynn rounded off the scoring for Taylor’s men.
SCALBY 0 FALSGRAVE 5 (Tolliday, Brady, Pearson, Ellis, Anderson)
Falsgrave did their promotion chances the world of good as they closed the gap on leaders Snainton following a 5-0 win at Scalby.
The away side led 3-0 at half-time through goals from Rich Tolliday, Paul Brady and a stunning strike from the impressive Mikey Anderson.
Billy Johnson’s men could have been further ahead had it not been for the stunning saves of Tom Manson in the Scalby goal.
The away side made sure of their win through strikes from Nick Ellis and Dave Pearson.
FC ROSETTE 3 (J Wray, pen, T Blackburn, MacDonald) CAYTON CORINTHIANS 0
Rosette picked up three points after beating struggling Cayton 3-0.
Jamie Wray netted their first from the penalty spot before goals from Tommy Blackburn and Simon MacDonald gave them a 3-0 success.
WESTOVER WASPS RESERVES 3 (Bean, Buglass, O’Flanagan) SLEIGHTS 2 (Faichney, Taylor)
Westover Wasps Reserves produced a massive shock in division three, beating title-chasing Sleights 3-2.
A Mark Bean header put Wasps’ second string 1-0 up but goals from Simon Taylor and Jake Faichney put the Whitby side 2-1 up.
Liam Buglass levelled for the home side and Bean had the perfect chance to put Wasps back in front, but he missed from the penalty spot.
The away side couldn’t take advantage though and the points were sealed for the home side when Sam O’Flanagan netted to make it 3-2.
Westover’s James Avon was sent off for the home side, while Leroy Donaldson was their star man.
CAYTON CORINTHIANS RESERVES 0 ATHLETICO2B 8 (B David 3, Goodwin, Dodson, pen, Kevan, Wood, May)
Athletico2B took full advantage of Sleights’ surprise defeat by hammering eight unanswered goals past Cayton Reserves.
Shaun Dodson opened the scoring from the penalty spot before goals from Ben David, Ross Kevan and Shaun Goodwin gave them a 4-0 lead at half-time.
David fired in two more after the break to complete his hat-trick and put his side 6-0 up.
Travis Wood fired the seventh before Kyle May bagged the goal of the game when he fired in from distance.
Boss Kev David picked out Ben David and Ben Sheader as his side’s star men.
AYTON RESERVES 3 (Dove, Wardman OG, Thornton) WEST PIER RESERVES 1
Ayton produced a strong second half performance to come back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 and severely dent West Pier Reserves’ promotion aspirations.
Pier led at half-time but Mark Dove tapped in after a clever free-kick routine found him in space to fire in.
Ayton led shortly afterwards when Tyson Stubbings’ good work resulted in Pier keeper Scott Wardman putting the ball into his own net.
The home side completed their win with the goal of the game through centre-back Paul Thornton, whose scissor-kick volley gave Wardman no chance.
Left-back Nick Craggs stood out for the victors.
FALSGRAVE RESERVES 3 SEAMER SC RESERVES 0
Falsgrave Reserves picked up only their second win of the season and moved off the foot of the table after beating Seamer Reserves 3-0.
FC SOBA P-P WHITBY RFC
FC Soba’s home game against Whitby RFC was postponed after the referee failed to show for the ficxture.