Sunday divisions 2 & 3: Shakespeare stay in top spot after hard-fought win

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Shakespeare worked hard for a 5-2 home win against itis itis to stay in pole position in division two, while Whitby Wanderers maintained the leadership of division three with an 11-0 home win against Scarborough Sports.

Shakespeare 5 (Hawkes 2, one pen, Jenking 2, Logan) itis itis 2 (Chambers 2)

Aran Jenking and Robbie Hawkes netted two goals apiece as second division leaders Shakespeare dug deep to see off a determined itis itis side.

Jenking opened the scoring in the 25th minute, after good build-up he took the ball round itis itis keeper Tom Hicks and managed to get his shot past several visiting defenders on the goal-line.

Hawkes then made it 2-0, before Luke Chambers pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Billy Logan slotted past Hicks after a one-on-one to restore the hosts’ two-goal lead, but once again Chambers slotted in from close-range to keep itis itis in the game.

Man of the match Jenking then fired home to make it 4-2, and Hawkes then struck his second, from the penalty spot, to secure the win.

Carl Marton was named as man of the match for itis itis for a commanding performance in a rare appearance as a centre-back.

Sun Inn 4 (J Wray 3, Allen) Ayton 0

Sun’s rise away from the relegation zone continued with a fine home win against Ayton, hot-shot Jamie Wray firing in a first-half treble.

Man of the match Wray opened the scoring with a low drive from 12 yards, then doubled his tally when he reacted quickest to poke home after a goalmouth scramble.

A near-post header completed Wray’s hat-trick and left Sun in pole position at half-time.

On the hour mark, Ayton’s task became even harder when defender Phil Pickard was shown a straight red card for violent conduct.

Sean Rowley missed from the penalty spot, but the fourth goal did finally arrive when George Allen tapped in from close-range.

Nick Craggs, in his first game after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, was man of the match for Ayton.

West Pier Reserves 4 (Swinger, Bell, Reid, own goal) West Riding 2 (Tolliday 2)

Pier also pulled away from the bottom two after a surprise home win against promotion-chasing West Riding.

The visitors made the ideal start when Rich Tolliday opened the scoring n the first minute.

Pier brought the scores level when Chris Weetman’s inswinging corner was headed back for Daz Swinger to blast the ball into the net.

Another fine Weetman corner set up Pier’s second, Nick Bell’s bullet header giving the visiting keeper no chance.

After half-time West Riding pushed on looking for a leveller but Pier dug deep and sub Graham Reid played a key role in securing the win.

Reid, who had come on for Swinger, chased down a ball over the top of the West Ridiing defence and shot home his side’s third goal.

The persistence of Reid then saw a visiting defender divert his shot into the net to make it 4-1.

Ten minutes from time Tolliday, who was man of the match for Billy Johnson’s team, struck again and set up a nervy finale for the hosts, but their defence held firm to secure the win.

Chris Ryan, playing his first game for a year, was the Pier man of the match for a superb display in the centre of the home side’s midfield.

Commercial 1 (Ward) Newlands Reserves 2 (Hannam, Flisnik)

Newlands Reserves moved into second spot in the division three table with a win at free-falling Commercial.

Rob Ward put the home side ahead, but Chris Hannam, who has just signed from Seamer, equalised with a superb free-kick.

Polish ace Jacob Flisnik scored the winner for the visitors from the edge of the area.

Man of the match for Newlands was centre-back Tom Clark.

Whitby Wanderers 11 (Keys 3, Ross 2, Marshall, Brennan, Landers, Wilson, Miller, Taylor) Scarborough Sports 0

Wanderers strengthened their own title credentials with a comfortable win against Sports.

Jerich Keys led the way with a hat-trick while Ste Ross banged in a brace of goals.

Also on target were Andre Marshall, Lee Brennan, Jimmy Landers, Danny Wilson, Darren Miller and Simon Taylor.

The best goals came from man of the match Miller and Taylor.

Right-back Miller scored an excellent diving header, while Taylor’s effort was a precise lob from the edge of the penalty area.

Filey Flyers Reserves v West Riding Reserves - postponed.