Scarborough Saturday League: Edgehill Reserves win 15-goal thriller against Eastfield Town
Division Two title rivals Edgehill Reserves and West Pier Reserves both bagged three points to maintain their respective bids for top spot.
Edgehill Reserves edged a 15-goal thriller from their game against Eastfield Town that was switched to the Flamingo Land Stadium by a 9-6 scoreline.
It appeared that Alec Coulson's men were cruising to the victory when they opened up a 4-0 first-half lead.
Edgehill took the lead thanks to Ted Edwards' long-range thunderbolt before the goalscorer turned provider to tee up Jake Reeves to double the lead.
Reuben Staveley then made it 3-0 to Edgehill before Reeves' second extended their advantage out to 4-0.
Town weren't done just yet though and they battled back into a pulsating contest, goals from Chris Wells and Brad Craggs making it 4-2.
Danny Collins lashed Edgehill back into a three-goal lead, but John Grayston's strike made it 5-3 heading into the half-time interval.
Youngster Jake Reeves wrapped up his hat-trick after the break for 6-3, but Town continued to battle ferociously and long-range strikes from Ryan Collings and Shem Atkinson incredibly made it 6-5, setting up a nervy end to the contest for the champions.
Damien Robinson's tap-in and a goal from sub Lee Dennis just a minute after coming off the bench once again appeared to have wrapped up the win for Coulson's side, but Collings' second long-range strike of the afternoon made it 8-6.
Any Edgehill nerves were soon settled though, sub Ricky Greening latching onto Gary Hepples' sublime ball to volley in to finish things off at 9-6.
Coulson said: "It was a good attacking display, we scored some great goals but also let them score some awful goals too and let them back into the game with a few mistakes."
Right-back Max Wright and Edwards were singled out as Edgehill's star men, while Atkinson impressed for Town.
West Pier Reserves ran riot in the second half of their clash against Eastfield Athletic at Pindar School, roaring to a 17-0 success.
Johnny McGough's men led 4-0 at half-time.
Harrie Leighton capitalised on a goalkeeping error to open the scoring before Rob Whitehead doubled their advantage,
Callum Myers made it 3-0 before Whithead's second ensured Pier led 4-0 at the break.
Pier ran riot in the second half, hammering in 13 unanswered goals, Myers smashing in five to wrap-up a double-hat-trick, Whitehead adding another three to take his tally to five, a hat-trick from player-boss McGough, Leighton's second and a Jack James goal sealing a convincing 17-0 win.
"The result speaks for itself really, credit to the Eastfield for keeping going but we were very good," said McGough.
"It was great for our keeper Brad Atkinson to get a clean-sheet too after missing all last season with a broken leg, so this will do him the world of good."
Kaylum Stingemore and Matty Hillman stood out for Athletic despite a disappointing afternoon for Andy Thorpe's men, the latter taking the man of the match award.