Cup final joy for Staithes

Staithes (yellow and green) take on Stokesley Sports Club in the final of the UPVC Suppliers Knockout Cup on Friday night'picture: Alan Wastell
Staithes (yellow and green) take on Stokesley Sports Club in the final of the UPVC Suppliers Knockout Cup on Friday night'picture: Alan Wastell
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The first piece of domestic silverware was decided last Friday as Staithes Athletic came from behind to defeat Stokesley Sports Club in the final of the UPVC Suppliers Knockout Cup.

Staithes created the first chance of the match at the Turnbull Ground when a good cross from Ryan Thompson was parried by the Stokesley keeper before being cleared to safety.

Staithes take on Stokesley Sports Club'picture: Alan Wastell

Staithes take on Stokesley Sports Club'picture: Alan Wastell

Stokesley countered but the position was lost as they were caught offside and shortly after this Staithes attacked down the right again and another good cross from Thompson was smuggled away by the Stokesley defence.

With just over a quarter of an hour played, a ball forward by Michael Croft was misjudged by a Staithes defender and Mark Shimwell picked up the ball and fired into the left corner of the net.

Stokesley were slightly the better team at this stage however when Staithes won a free-kick 25 yards out, Thompson fired just wide.

Staithes stepped up the pressure in their attempt to find an equaliser and a cross saw Starsmore knock the ball down and Thompson was just off target.

Staithes take on Stokesley SC'picture: Alan Wastell

Staithes take on Stokesley SC'picture: Alan Wastell

Gilding got to the by-line on the left but his cross was cleared.

On 35 minutes, a throw-in on the right went to Gibson who beat his man and crossed for Starsmore whose header was parried by the keeper.

An attempted clearance by a Stokesley defender was sliced into his own net to level the scores.

This spurred Staithes on and Starsmore shot across goal but just wide before Stokesley broke forward but the final shot was off target.

Five minutes into the second half, a cross found Ryan Gibson whose header was beyond the keeper to put Staithes in front.

Stokesley hit back straight away but the position was lost as Shimwell stepped over the ball, and it was cleared by the Staithes defence.

It was now Stokesley pressing to get back into the game and a cross from Stephenson was met by Shimwell but the shot went wide.

Two corners were met by the head of Nichols but the first attempt was wide while the second was pushed round the post.

Staithes then attacked and Gibson latched onto a long ball forward and lifted it over the keeper and just wide.

But the seaside club extended their lead when Gibson crossed the ball from the left and Thompson’s shot fell for Starsmore who gleefully fired home a third.

The nearest to any further addition to the score was when Gibson beat his man before firing against a post but after a break of six years, Staithes picked up a league trophy.