Cayton Corintihans boosted their third division title bid with a 6-1 win at West Riding Reserves, while Newlands Reserves are also in the promotion shake-up after a hard-earned 5-3 triumph at Scarborough Sports, while Commercial returned to winning ways with an 8-2 home success against Alma
West Riding Reserves 1 (Patton) Cayton Corinthians 6 (Holden 2, Rennison, Best pen, Collins, own goal)
Cayton closed in on leaders Whitby Wanderers thanks to this hard-earned win at Oliver’s Mount.
The home side battled away throughout the game and only an unfortunate own goal saw them head into the half-time interval 1-0 down. The own goal came about when a West Riding defender tried to clear a cross with Harry Holden waiting to fire in at the back post, but only succeeded in putting the ball into his own net with a sliding challenge.
Almost straight from the kick-off of the second half, Cayton made it 2-0 when a free-flowing passing move was finished off at the far post by Holden.
This soon became 3-0 when player-manager John Best scored from the penalty spot after a shot had been handled on the goal-line by a home defender.
Mike Patton scored from close-range for the hosts after a defensive mix-up by Cayton, but this was not the start of a comeback as Cayton smashed in three more goals to secure a crucial win.
The fourth goal was the best of the game, with striker Danny Collins sending a thumping 25-yard shot into the top corner of the net. This soon became 5-1 when Holden polished off another fine team move, and the scoring was completed when Shaun Rennison headed in from a corner.
Best admitted: “We were not at our best and the home side played with great commitment throughout, regardless of the scoreline.”
His counterpart Jono Pashby said: “We gave it our all and there were notable performances from central midfielder Paul Reddy and centre-back Ryan Goodworth, with the former just edging the man-of-the-match award.”
Cayton are now just one point behind Wanderers, but they have two games in hand on the Whitby side.
Scarborough Sports 3 (Broadbent, Day, Bloom pen) Newlands Reserves 5 (Delve 3, Wood, Flisnik)
Newlands Reserves moved up into third place thanks to this win at a hard-working Sports side who played most of the game with only 10 men.
John Wood opened the scoring for Newlands, but the home team were stunned by the early dismissal of keeper Rich Curtis for foul and abusive language.
Despite being down to 10 men, the home side levelled with a great finish from Sam Broadbent, but Luke Delve - recalled to the reserves as the first-team’s game was off - then headed his team back in front.
Tommy Day volleyed his side back on level terms early in the second half, but a Delve shot restored the one-goal lead for the visitors and header from the striker gave him a hat-trick and looked to have put Newlands in full control.
Sports had other ideas though, and they pulled it back to 4-3 with a Sam Bloom penalty.
The hosts pushed forward looking for a levelling goal, but it was Newlands who sealed the win with a superb run and shot from man of the match, 18-year-old Jakob Flisnik, who had a cracking game up front with Delve.
Matthew Fairline was named as the Sports star man for a strong display at the centre of a determined home defensive line.
Commercial 8 (Clark 3, Fowler 2, Billington, Barker, Coulson) Alma 2
Commercial bounced back from a recent bad run of form with this convincing win at home to Alma.
Left-sided midfielder Mike Clark fired home a hat-trick for Geoff Osguthorpe’s charges, while Jamie Fowler smashed in a brace of goals.
Central midfielder Dom Billington, Steven Barker and Robin Coulson also notched for the hosts.
The pick of the goals was Clark’s first, a storming 30-yard shot which fizzed into the top corner of the net.
Osguthorpe said: “It was nice to finally get back to winning ways after an indifferent run. We played very well, with excellent individual displays from debutant striker Luke Foster, Clark and Billington.”
Whitby Wanderers v Filey Flyers Reserves - postponed, waterlogged pitch.