Sunday League: Division two - Commercial’s promotion charge profits from Wanderers’ draw

Commercial boosted their promotion charge, while Trafalgar Reserves edged closer to the title in division two
Commercial boosted their promotion charge, while Trafalgar Reserves edged closer to the title in division two

Geoff Osguthorpe’s Commercial side beat Alma 3-0, while promotion rivals Whitby Wanderers could only draw at home to Angel.

Commercial 3 (M Barker 2 (one pen), Webster) Alma 0

Commercial’s promotion bid received a huge boost after they beat Alma 3-0 and rivals Whitby Wanderers could only draw against Angel.

Geoff Osguthorpe’s Commercial had to wait until the 50th minute to open the scoring in blustery conditions, Macauley Youngson was brought down in the box and Mikey Barker swept home the penalty.

It was soon 2-0, Barker latching onto a Youngson through-ball and finishing confidently to double the home side’s lead.

The scoring was completed by Ricky Webster, who poked into the bottom corner.

Osguthorpe singled out defender Aadam James and midfield pairing Dom Billington and Matt Mattla as his side’s stand-out performers.

Whitby Wanderers 3 (Taylor, Keys, Smith) Angel 3

Mark Jackson’s Whitby Wanderers dropped two points in their promotion charge, but will have settled for a share of the spoils when they trailed 3-1 in the second half.

The home side led 1-0 through Si Taylor, who beat the keeper to the ball and calmly lobbed into the net.

It was 1-1 at half-time though after Harry Smith conceded a penalty and it was converted.

Angel bagged two goals after half-time to stun the hosts into action, and top scorer Jericho Keys halved their deficit when he wriggled free in the box and prodded in for 3-2.

The comeback was completed when Smith atoned for his earlier error by latching onto a blocked shot and firing in.

Whitby boss Mark Jackson picked out centre back Joe Ledley as his side’s star man.

Trafalgar Reserves 3 (Hodgson two OGs, O’Toole) Tennyson Reserves 2 (Spooner 2)

Andy Noon and Col Jenkinson’s Trafalgar Reserves side survived a second-half scare against Tennyson Reserves to edge a step closer to the division two title.

A Kev Hodgson own goal handed the lead to Trafalgar before Jason Prosser’s cross from the right flank was headed in by Kyle O’Toole for 2-0.

It seemed like it was all done and dusted when the unfortunate Hodgson sliced into his own net for his second own goal of the first half.

Craig Spooner’s goal just before the half-time whistle gave Tennyson hope, and when the same man netted again it looked like Tennyson had a sniff of getting something from the clash.

Traf, playing with 10 men after player-boss Noon was sent off after receiving two yellow cards after coming off the bench, managed to hold firm though and picked up the three points.

Kurtis Henderson stood out at the heart of the Traf defence, while Spooner shone for Tennyson.

Ayton 5 (Mockridge 3, Bywater, Stubbings) Castle 1 (Sanderson)

A second-half hat-trick from man of the match Marcus Mockridge lit up an otherwise drab affair as Ayton won 5-1 at home to Castle.

The away side led through Ryan Sanderson’s 20th minute strike, but Tyson Stubbings finished well to ensure the sides were level at the break.

Mockridge took over after the interval and soon made it 2-1 with a strike from the egde of the box.

He followed this up with a similar effort from distance before Dan Bywater tapped in for 4-1.

Mockridge smashed in the goal of the game from just inside the Castle half to round-off the scoring.

Heslerton 2 (Hunter, Blanchard) Fylingdales Reserves 2 (Woodhouse, Faichney)

Heslerton and Fylingdales Reserves shared the spoils after an evenly contested affair finished 2-2.

Heslerton led through 16-year-old Josh Hunter, but Max Woodhouse levelled the scoring after 65 minutes.

Left-winger Dan Blanchard’s strike ensured Heslerton regained the lead, but former Whitby Town striker Jake Faichney headed in from a corner to seal a point for Fylingdales Reserves.

Heslerton boss Dean Storry singled out Hunter, who has improved a great deal this season, and Mikey Webster as his side’s star men.

West Pier Reserves 1 Newlands Reserves 0

Andy Goodwin’s West Pier Reserves side came away from their clash against Newlands Reserves with maximum points.

Pier will be eyeing up a late push for a position in the upper echelons of the division two table.