Sleights denied at death for third game running

SLEIGHTS were denied at the death for the third game running, this time at Ayton Reserves, last Wednesday night.

The villagers started the game well, attacking with intent and building from the back with pace.

Good work from Ben Alston and Dave Webster gave Rob Ingham a one-on-one with the keeper, which he slotted away like a seasoned pro.

Ayton, chasing the game now, benefitted from sloppy defending to level.

But Sleights continued to try to play to feet and it paid off when Alston reopened their lead after a solo run.

But another counter-attack caught Jim Howard’s men as Ayton levelled for a second time, just before half-time.

However, Sleights led for a third time after a tremendous run by Webster, saw the former Stakesby star cross to the back post where Ingham tucked away his second and the visitors’ third.

But the away side conceded again after a harsh foul on player-boss Howard and moments before the end, it was the cruellest of blows when a sliced close-range shot stole all three points for the hosts.

Howard told the Whitby Gazette: “The football we’ve played in the opening four games doesn’t justify the results we’ve endured.

“If we continue to play our attacking style, we will pick results up very soon.

Sleights FC: Coulson, McCarthy, Fletcher, Howard, Locker, Dukes, Fawcett, I Smith, Webster, Alston, Ingham (Hicks 60).

Sleights man of the match: Jacob Dukes

Ayton Reserves 4 Sleights 3