Local football round-up

Kane Brannick heads clear during Fishburn Park Reserves' victory over Scalby Reserves. Pictures: Brian Murfield
Kane Brannick heads clear during Fishburn Park Reserves' victory over Scalby Reserves. Pictures: Brian Murfield

Fishburn Park Reserves claimed a 4-0 home victory over Scalby Reserves in Division Three of the Scarborough News Saturday League.

The villagers had the better of the first half, but Tommy Day missed their best chances and Park made them pay when Kane Brannick opened the scoring after 20 minutes.

Fishburn's Spanish midfielder Diego Romero-Martin is challenged by Tommy Walker

Fishburn's Spanish midfielder Diego Romero-Martin is challenged by Tommy Walker

Alex Wiggins added a second for Park two minutes into the second period with a fine individual finish, putting Carl Oliver’s troops in firm control.

Wiggins then struck again to make it 3-0 and 16-year-old Billy Arnold poked home a low cross at the back post to seal the win for Fishburn.

Victorious boss Oliver said: “Scalby had chances in the first half but we took the lead and went on from there. The man of the match was shared by left-back Thomas Hawksfield and Richard Fletcher, who was strong at centre-back.

“I would also like to thank the lads who forked the pitch beforehand to make sure the pitch was fit for play.”

Chris Hurworth takes the ball away from Scalby striker Danny Gregory

Chris Hurworth takes the ball away from Scalby striker Danny Gregory

Top-flight Whitby Fishermen were stunned by third division Itis Itis Rovers in their Coastal Shellfish League Cup quarter-final.

The two teams met last weekend, with Fishermen snapping up a 5-1 win to book a spot in the NRCFA Saturday Challenge Cup semi-finals, but it was Rovers who claimed the honours second time around in a thrilling clash at a boggy Oliver’s Mount.

Sam Pickard opened the scoring, hammering a low shot into the corner from 35 yards out, but Fishermen levelled shortly after through Mark Swales.

Central midfielder Neil Forsyth restored Rovers’ lead 10 minutes before the interval, but the visitors took charge after the break to move 3-2 ahead through Ian Smith and Sam Calvert, and they looked to be heading for the semi-finals.

Callum Halley clears his lines

Callum Halley clears his lines

Rovers had other ideas and levelled when centre-back Dave Young came upfield for a free-kick and kept his cool to net the home side’s third goal and set up a grandstand finish.

Five minutes from time, man of the match Forsyth burst forward to notch his second and take Rovers into the semi-finals, where they will travel to another Division One side, Edgehill, on March 19.

Boss Mark Storr singled out central defender Andy Kelly as his side’s star performer.

In Divison One, Sleights slipped to a third successive defeat when they were beaten 4-2 at home by reigning champions Newlands Park.

Kane Brannick is closely marked by Scalby veteran Jez Clifford

Kane Brannick is closely marked by Scalby veteran Jez Clifford

Jamie Gallagher put Newlands ahead at Sleights and a Stew Bates penalty doubled the visitors’ lead, new signing Liam Cooper marking his debut with the third before half-time.

Sam Leadley pulled a goal back for the villagers after the interval, but Cooper’s second sealed the win, although another debutant Lewis Peel struck a second for Sleights, while Ben Watson had a goal ruled out for the hosts.

Sam Pike was named as the man of the match for Sleights.