Sunday League: Pier and Traf play out thriller

Neil Thomas (blue) netted twice in Trafalgar's 5-5 draw at West Pier
Neil Thomas (blue) netted twice in Trafalgar's 5-5 draw at West Pier

West Pier staged a dramatic late comeback to earn themselves a point from their home clash with Trafalgar.

The sides shared 10 goals in a thrilling encounter at Sherburn, with Sam Hyde’s last minute effort handing Paddy Parke’s men a share of the spoils.

Traf went 2-0 up through Neil Thomas and Dean Craig before a screamer from Martin Cooper reduced the arrears.

Pier suffered a blow when Craig netted his second goal just a minute before half-time, and the game looked to be over and done with when Wayne Aziz’s strike took the scoreline to 4-1 shortly after the resumption.

Jamie Bradshaw rifled home to give the hosts a glimmer of hope, but Thomas scored again to restore Traf’s three-goal cushion.

Substitute Graeme Reid made it 5-3 when his 20-yard shot flew into the bottom corner of the visitors’ net before an own goal from Lloyd Henderson trimmed the lead to just one.

With the final whistle just seconds away, Pier seized possession and charged upfield. Bradshaw’s powerful effort was stopped, but not held by the Traf keeper, and Hyde was in the right place to force home the loose ball for 5-5.

Pier chief Parke said: “At one stage it looked like we might end up getting routed and the lads’ heads started to drop.

“We fought back though and I think we did brilliantly to get ourselves a draw. I’m delighted with the result.”

Full-back Kyle O’Toole was the home side’s man of the match, while Georgie Rose stood out for Traf.

In the first division’s only other game, Fylingdales picked up their first win of the season when they beat Commercial 4-2 on home soil.

Gary Lee, Lewis Peel, Sam Richardson and Jake Faichney were all on target for the villagers.

Whitby Wanderers failed to raise a side for their clash with Newlands Park.