Tigers roar back to see off Sleights in cup semi
In a clash switched to Caedmon College, Esk Valley rivals Lealholm and Sleights served up a rollercoaster five-goal thriller as the Tigers reached the Scarborough FA Junior Cup final.
Sleights sealed the local bragging rights earlier this season, after a penalty shoot-out victory over their village opponents in the North Riding FA Challenge Cup.
Ed Turner and Sam Leadley’s men fell behind early on when the ball ricocheted off a post and struck defender Chris Hurworth on its way past his goalkeeper Jamie Wassall.
The battle of the Beckett League sides was turned on its head before the interval though, as another own goal, in the other net and skipper Charlie Smith’s strike put the second division side ahead of their first division opponents by half-time.
The second half saw a turnaround as Lealholm grabbed revenge and a final place against fellow first division Wombleton as ex-Sleights midfielder Mark McCarthy netted twice.
Jaime Nicholson was Lealholm’s star man, while they also had Andy Raw in form.
Sleights’ man of the match was Robbie Hurworth.
Lealholm are back in league action this weekend when they take on Heslerton in Division One.
Sleights host Gillamoor in Division Two of the Beckett League.
Both sides are in action on Monday night. Lealholm are at Kirkbymoorside Reserves, while Sleights travel to Aislaby United.
The Tigers will take on Wombleton Wanderers in an-all newitts.com Beckett Football League final after they beat Whitby Fishermens in their semi-final.
Wombleton began well and Luke McLaren went close, just missing the target from close-range, while Luke Tateson also forced a good save from the Fishermen keeper Paul Cull.
Danny Butterworth beat the offside trap and again forced a good save.
But despite the early domination, Fishermen had a very physical side and balls into the box with the wind caused a few problems and they managed to score a scrappy goal from a long-throw, converted by Karl Storr.
The second half saw Wombleton start well, Butterworth and Jake Denison swapped wings which proved a good move.
Their first goal came from a free-kick crossed into the box and Tom Ellis was brought down for a penalty.
Luke McLaren made no mistake from 12 yards.
Minutes later Wombleton had another great chance after Fishermens gloveman Cull keeper parried a shot out to Denison, but at an awkward height he didn’t manage to hit the target.
Fishermen began to tire and the second goal was from an effort from Josh Tateson which fell kindly for McLaren 20 yards out, who feigned to shoot on his left to loose his marker and curled a delicious effort into the bottom corner with his right foot.
At 2-1 Rob Campbell was called upon on two occasions with a couple of fantastic saves to maintain the lead.
Eddery’s switch to right midfield immediately saw him have the room to open his legs and he ran 60 yards with the ball, beating two opponents before narrowly missing the target.
The back four had control again of the Fishermen attacks, winning headers and tackles at every opportunity.
Their third goal came from a combination of Luke Tateson laying off to Butterworth on the overlap, who crossed for Ellis’ acrobatic header to reach the top corner.
The icing on the cake came the ball worked wide to Butterworth, who squared for Luke Tateson to fire home from 18 yards into the bottom corner.
Man of the match for the Fishermen was centre-half Benn Sullivan.
Fishermens will play host to Bedale in the D & G Trophy this Saturday, 1pm kick-off.
Fishburn Park head to Grangetown BC in the North Riding League Premier Division, while Staithes entertain Stockton West End.
Both games kick off at 2pm.
The trio also play on Wednesday night, 6.10pm kick-offs.
Park travel to St Mary’s inthe Premier Division, while Staithes head to Boro Rangers and Fishermens are back in in first division action at Redcar Athletic Reserves.
Fishburn Park Reserves travel to Commercial in Division Two of the Scarborough & District Saturday League, with Goldsborough at home to rock-bottom Old Vic in the same division.
Fylingdales are away at Newlands in Division One of the Scarborough & District Sunday League.