Sunday league round-up: Title rivals share spoils

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Trafalgar stayed top of the first division on goal difference after earning a draw at title rivals Newlands, while in division three, leaders Cayton Corinthians took a huge step closer to promotion with a 4-1 win against fellow high-flyers Whitby Wanderers, and Filey Flyers Reserves won 3-2 at home to West Riding Reserves to move up into second ahead of Wanderers.

Division one

Newlands 2 (R Cooper, Delve) Trafalgar 2 (Dove 2)

Despite playing with an injury, Traf striker Chris Dove struck two goals to earn his side a priceless point to keep them in pole position, ahead of their hosts on goal difference.

Traf were second-best for the opening 20 minutes, Ryan Cooper opening the scoring for Newlands on 10 minutes.

The visitors battled their way back into the game two minutes before the interval when Dove fired home.

Dove, who later limped off with a re-occurence of his hamstring injury, put Traf in front after the interval with a delicate 20-yard chip after a superb pass by sub Dean Craig.

Luke Delve scored 15 minutes to earn a point for the home side, who have Strongwood and West Pier to play in their final two matches, while leaders Traf play Pier on Tuesday and Seamer Thursday, knowing that wins in both games should secure the title for them - barring some massive margins of victory for Newlands.

Trafalgar boss Liam Salt said: “That was a very important point for us as we were struggling for players and the draw keeps us ahead of them on goal difference.

“Dove was man of the match for a cracking effort considering his injury, while many others still had knocks from our North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup final win last Thursday.”

Filey Flyers 4 Seamer 4 (Layton 3, Danby)

Seven-man Seamer pulled off a brilliant draw at relegation rivals Flyers, the point meaning that the villagers will finish outside the bottom two if Strongwood fail to beat Newlands in their last game of the season.

Dan Layton netted a hat-trick and scooped the man-of-the-match award for the visitors, while skipper Joe Danby notched the other goal for Seamer, who also included two injured players in their line-up of seven men.

Strongwood 1 (Hall) Klosters 12 (L Vasey 5, two pens, Brown 4, A Townley, A Wardell, Davies)

Strongwood are facing a finish in the relegation spots after this hammering at home by Klosters, Liam Vasey and the in-form Michael Brown leading the goal-rush.

Eric Hall gave the home side the lead in the first minute, but it was the only bright point for the Eastfield side.

Brown levelled with a header 30 seconds later and after three minutes Vasey headed his team in front.

Andy Wardell got a third goal and the fourth was a Brown free-kick, with Vasey netting four more before half-time, two of them from the penalty spot.

Ash Townley made it 9-1 after the break with a powerful strike, and Brown got two more goals, with Gaz Davies’ fine volley completing the rout.

The pick of the goals was Brown’s free-kick, a stunning effort which sailed into the top corner of the net from 25 yards.

Division two

West Pier Reserves 2 (Crawford, Weetman) Fylingdales 2 (J Faichney, B Heyes)

Pier battled back from 2-0 down to earn a point in this game switched to Fylingthorpe.

After a goalless, but entertaining first 45 minutes, the villagers took the upper hand through goals from Jake Faichney and Barry Heyes.

Boss Mark Tucker then brought on a couple of subs for Pier and they both had an instant impact.

The first sub Dave Crawford made it 2-1 with a looping header from a cross by second sub Chris Weetman.

The latter then scored the leveller from a tap-in after a good run and shot from Daryl Temple had rebounded to him.

Striker Nick Bell was man of the match for Pier, while Fylingdales’ star man was Mike Purves.

Division three

Cayton Corinthians 4 (Collins 3, one pen, Stabler) Whitby Wanderers 1

A Danny Collins hat-trick helped Cayton to take a step closer to securing the division three title against rivals Wanderers.

Darren Stabler also netted for the home side, who had centre-back Daz Jones on top form.

Filey Flyers Reserves 3 (M Hunter 2, one pen, R Baldry) West Riding Reserves 2 (Reddy, Goodworth)

Flyers had to work hard to earn this win at hoem to an impressive West Riding side, but the victory lifted the hosts into the promotion places.

Paul Reddy’s cracking 30-yard shot put the visitors ahead, Mike Hunter levelling with an 18-yard shot after a great run.

Ryan Baldry put the hosts 2-1 ahead, but a 30-yard screamer from Ryan Goodworth brought the scores level again.

Hunter’s second, from the penalty spot, earned the win for Flyers.

Centre-back Konrad Sygitowicz was man of the match for Riding, while his fellow centre-half Simon Young and keeper Damian Jurykawicz also impressed for Jono Pashby’s side, who put in their best performance of the season.