SCARBOROUGH booked a victory double over the weekend to seal the Yorkshire League division three title.
A 4-2 win on Saturday against Sheffield Hallam 3rds set up a nail-biting finale against Leeds Uni 5ths, whose fourth team had been locked in a title battle with Scarborough all season.
Skipper Chris Tait’s side required a victory by three clear goals to book the honour, a feat they achieved - but only just.
Having been boosted by Luke Corden’s two goals and single strikes from Tait and Aaron Dyson on Saturday, Scarborough were immediately put on the back-foot by an emergency kit change when they faced Leeds at home on Sunday.
Scarborough looked tired from the previous day’s exertions, but this didn’t stop Ant Allison scoring a breakaway goal.
Leeds hit back to level, but Dyson’s first of the afternoon restored the home advantage.
Corden continued his form when he danced through a string of fouls to make it 3-1 at half-time.
Scarborough maintained their push towards the title when good work from Matthew Tissington and Tait fed Dyson, who curled brilliantly home.
Tim Alison, in goal for Scarborough, had his work cut out, making several mid-air dives across the goal to keep Leeds at bay
Scarborough did manage to advance further away though when Dyson completed his first hat-trick of the season, sliding in a short corner.
Leeds were not done though, pulling a goal back to make it 5-2 and piling the pressure on the Scarborough defence.
But the teamwork of George Haworth, Pete Bray and Rob Wilcockson proved vital in holding the much-needed three-goal lead until the final whistle
Skipper Tait said: “It was a tall ask but we knew we had it in us if we took our time to play the hockey we wanted to.
“It paid off and to gain promotion two years on the bounce is amazing.
“It was what the club has needed for quite some time now. We are hoping that the momentum of our success will attract new players to the club for the new season, starting in September.
“We would like to thank our shirt sponsors Aflex Cables and our clubhouse, the Cask Inn, who have been behind us every week. The support of Scarborough College and the Evening News has been vital to our success all throughout the season.”
The club will be hosting new five-a-side rush hockey leagues over the summer open to anyone, as well as a ‘back-2-hockey’ programme for anyone who fancies swinging a stick again.
Anybody interested in trying, returning or getting involved or any business interested in showing generosity with sponsorship should get in touch with Chris on 07871877983 or email@example.com.