West Pier ease to North Riding success

Scarborough Sports before their North Riding loss
Scarborough Sports before their North Riding loss

West Pier were the only one of five Scarborough News League teams in action to claim victory in the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup first round.

A three-goal blast from Martin Cooper steered Pier into the second round of the cup, easing to a 7-1 home win against Three Coopers Bedale.

Man of the match Paul Cassidy also netted twice for Paddy Parke’s outfit, with Daz Crawford and an own goal completing the win.

Centre-back Tom Hickin also impressed for Pier.

Third division Scarborough Sports put up a good fight, but lost out 4-1 at home to Langbaurgh League division one side Middlebeck.

Tony Walker’s team only trailed 1-0 at the break, the visitors scoring from one of their three shots, while the hosts failed to convert any of their seven shots before half-time.

After the interval, Middlebeck scored in the 55th and 65th minutes, but the hosts refused to submit and got back into the game when impressive left-winger Luke Johnson raced down the flank and cut in before smashing his shot in from an acute angle.

Sports had a couple of chances to get back into the game, but Middlebeck finally killed them off with a late fourth goal.

James Day and Sam Mahoney shone in defence for Sports, while Johnson and striker Ryan Sanderson also took the eye.

Cayton Corinthians were unfortunate to lose out in their game, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Legion 2012.

Ayton lost 4-2 at home to Steel City in their cup-tie.

Mark Plumpton’s second division team went 2-0 down in a disappointing first-half display.

Striker Dan Bywater netted a double early in the second half to make it 2-2, but more sloppy defending saw the visitors regain their two-gosl lead and book their spot in the second round draw.

Bywater won the man-of-the-match award for Ayton.

West Riding Reserves lost out 7-2 at Marcia Bishopthorpe.

Poor defending by the visitors saw them go 2-0 behind early on, but Riding had soon squared it at 2-2.

Quosai Erekat powered his way through the home defence and slid home his shot to pull a goal back.

Adam Martin’s fine control and curling long-range shot made it 2-2 at half-time.

Riding’s hopes were dashed by two penalties conceded in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, and the York side struck three more times to secure their berth in the second round.

Left-back James Galashan, Martin and Erekat all shone for Jono Pashby’s Riding team

West Riding’s first team had better fortune in their Scarborough FA Sunday Cup clash, sweeping third division Commercial aside 6-1.

Gareth Sygrove continued his flying start to life with West Riding, firing home a hat-trick, with Mike Anderson, Nick Ellis and David Oxley also on target.

Kieran Link was man of the match for the victors, while keeper Rich Curtis also impressed.