Ayton struck twice to net a dramatic late second division win in a seven-goal thriller against West Pier Reserves, while the top five sides in the division also claimed victories.
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Ayton 4 (Bywater 2, Craven, Stubbings) West Pier Reserves 3 (Gibson og, Weetman, Ledden)
Ayton battled back from a goal down three times to claim victory by the odd goal in seven at home to West Pier Reserves.
The visitors had the better of the first half, and claimed a deserved lead through an unfortunate own goal by Ayton’s debutant centre-half Glen Gibson, the defender firing past his own keeper Ross Gill while trying to keep out the threat of Pier striker Chris Weetman.
Gill also made a couple of fine saves in the first half to make sure it was only a one-goal lead at the interval.
Five minutes after the interval, the villagers levelled the scores with a scorching 25-yard shot from Mark Craven in his first game of the season.
Parity only lasted five minutes as Pier restored their lead when Danny Birley put a superb through-ball in to James Ledden, who calmly took on the Ayton defence and slotted home from a tight angle to make it 2-1.
Ayton equalised yet again with a cracking Danny Bywater volley, but yet again Pier went back in front, this time Weetman lobbing home from 20 yards after more fine work from Birley.
With just five minutes to go, the villagers struck twice in the final five minutes to snatch victory.
Tyson Stubbings went on a mazy run, taking the ball past three Pier defenders before setting up Bywater to smack in his second goal of the game.
The winner came courtesy of a stunning through-ball from Marcus Mockridge, which was collected superbly by Stubbings, who then dinked the ball over the Pier keeper to secure the win.
Gibson was named as the home team’s man of the match for a strong display - despite his own goal - in his first run-out of the season.
Weetman was the star man for Pier, while Ledden also impressed against his home village club.
Commercial 18 (Webster 5, Barker 5, Barstow 2, Matla 2, Fowler pen, Ward, Barron, Palmer, Bayes, og) Fylingdales Res 1 (Leadley)
Commercial ran riot against nine-man visitors Fylingdales Reserves, smashing home 18 goals to the village side’s one.
Striker Ricky Webster hammered in five goals, while his fellow forward Mikey Barker blasted in a hat-trick for the hosts, man of the match Matt Matla and Keegan Barstow also banging in two goals apiece.
The other scorers for Geoff Osguthorpe’s side were keeper Jamie Fowler from the penalty spot, along with sub Rob Ward, Olly Barron, Nick Palmer, defender Joe Bayes and an own goal. Sam Leadley scored for the plucky villagers.
Newlands Reserves 6 (Mills 2, O’Flanagan 2, Andrews pen, Brunger) Castle 3 (Day 2, Sanderson)
Newlands Reserves earned a 6-3 home triumph against 10-man Castle in a lively encounter.
The home side opened the scoring when Paul Brunger headed in after a fine run and cross from Sam O’Flanagan.
Ten-man Castle levelled through Ryan Sanderson, who robbed the home keeper of possession after he dithered on the ball for too long and slipped the ball into the net.
Newlands restored their lead when Paul Mills headed in a cross from Will Smith, and Dean Andrews then doubled their advantage from the penalty spot.
A second spot-kick was then awarded, O’Flanagan firing in his effort but Castle keeper Ian Watts pulled off a spectacular save to keep the ball out.
O’Flanagan made it 4-1 with a clinical finish from Andrews’ cross and shortly afterwards it was 5-1 when defender Sean Pinder crossed in for Mills to net his second of the match.
The visitors were effectively reduced to nine men at the break, as one of their players was unable to move due to an ankle injury, so although he stayed on the pitch he played very little part in the second period.
This made the events of the second 45 minutes even more curious, as the away side struck twice through James Day to pull it back to 5-3 and give Newlands some nervous moments.
The home team were awarded another penalty, but Watts pulled off another cracking stop to keep them in the game, but in the final minute Andrews scored a sixth for Newlands after they were awarded a fourth penalty.
Central midfielder Tyler Richardson was named as Newlands man of the match, while keeper Watts was the stand-out performer in an excellent effort from the 10 men of Castle.
Tennyson Reserves 0 Trafalgar Reserves 7 (R Pinder 3, J Wray 3, Robinson)
Despite only starting the game with 10 men, Trafalgar Reserves returned to top form with a convincing 7-0 win at Tennyson Reserves.
Jamie Wray opened the scoring for Traf, and he soon made it 2-0 when some excellent football created the opportunity for wray to curl in his second of the game from 20 yards out.
Rob Pinder made it 3-0 before half-time, and the arrival of two extra players allowed the visitors to strengthen at the interval.
Pinder added a second to confirm the win for Traf, and Wray then completed his hat-trick with a team goal that comprised of an amazing 46 passes before the final finish.
Pinder then wrapped up his hat-trick and debutant Damien Robinson scored the seventh to cap the scoring.
Joint-manager Col Jenkinson said: “Considering we had 10 men in the first half, which included me filling in in midfield, we did very well and despite being under pressure for spells we pulled together and settled down to get back to the good foorball that we produced earlier in the season.
Joe Sunter was named as the home team’s man of the match.
Alma 0 Angel 6 (Foley 3, L Jones, Seymour, Stringer)
A hat-trick from Josh Foley paved the way for Angel’s 6-0 win at Alma.
The other scorers were James Seymour, with a powerful volley in the first half, Luke Jones and Rich Stringer. The away side’s man of the match was Aidan McCallion.
Whitby Wanderers 9 (Keys 4, D Wilson 2, J Wilson, Brown, Ledley) Heslerton 2 (Harrison 2, one pen)
Heslerton’s recent run of good form came to a crashing halt with a 9-2 defeat at Whitby Wanderers.
Jericho Keys scored the opener for Wanderers after beating the offside trap, Dom Wilson added a second and Dan Brown’s header from a free-kick increased the Whitby side’s lead
Joe Ledley then smashed in a thunderbolt of a volley, the goal of the game, from a corner to make it 4-0 to the home side.
Keys fired in two more goals before the interval, Tom Harrison heading in from a corner for the village team.
Jack Wilson, Dom Wilson and Keys netted a goal each after the break, the latter’s effort a superb left-footed lob with his first touch from a cross.
Harrison scored a late second goal from the penalty spot for Heslerton.
Ledley was named as the man of the match for a strong show in central midfield for Whitby.