Trafalgar Reserves have a fresh challenge for the Scarborough Sunday Division Two title this season in the shape of newly-formed Whitby-based outfit First In Last Out (FILO).
FILO started the season in superb fashion and it looked like they would cruise to the Division Two title in their maiden campaign.
They have faltered somewhat since though, losing one and drawing one, while also being deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in the process.
This points deduction has seen them drop to second behind title holders Trafalgar Reserves, who have 24 points from 10 games, one point ahead of FILO, who hammered Traf 9-1 in September.
The only real challenger to the top two is third-placed Ayton, who have won six and drawn one of their seven league games to date, giving them 18 points.
Mark Plumpton’s men have been fired into contention thanks to seven league goals apiece from Tyson Stubbings and Kieran Friett.
Ayton are yet to face either of the top two in League action though, and a good test of their title credentials comes on Sunday January 24 when they welcome Traf Reserves to Wilsons Lane.
At the wrong end of the table, Scarborough Campus and Barrowcliff Reserves are both locked on one point after six league encounters.
In Division One, the top of the table looks somewhat familiar as champions Newlands and their huge rivals Trafalgar look set to battle for the title.
Doubles from strikers Sean Exley and Billy Logan handed Liam Salt’s men a potentially crucial 4-2 win against their rivals in October.
Traf are top of the pile after five wins and a 5-5 draw against West Pier from their six league outings to date, handing them 16 points.
Newlands lie in third after winning four of their five games, their only defeat against Traf.
There is also a new face in the hunt in the unlikely form of Dean Storry’s Heslerton.
Newly-promoted Heslerton have taken to the top flight in superb fashion, winning five and losing two of their league clashes, against Fylingdales and Newlands, giving them 15 points.
Trafalgar are still in the hunt to defend their North Riding FA Sunday County Cup, they are set to tackle Marton Cricket Club next Sunday.
Itis Itis United are the league’s solitary representatives in the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup, they meet Starting Gate in the third round.