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Malton & Norton go second after Haxby win
3:36pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 in Sport
Malton & Norton’s Kingsley Daffan (11) clears the ball over his own bar, away from Haxby dangerman Rich Burnett (8)
Malton & Norton rose into second place in the promotion race in York Minster Engineering League division one after coming from behind to win at Haxby, Leaders Aviva edged St Clement’s 1-0 in the top-of-the-table clash to increase their advantage at the summit to 10 points.
And this allowed M&N to go level on points with Clement’s, and above them on goal difference, with their 3-2 win.
They had trailed to a Matt Wash strike but replied with goals from Kevin Oxendale, Marcus Godsell and Ryan Rivis. Darren Storey scored the second for Haxby.
Amotherby & Swinton eased relegation worries after last week’s disappointing result with a thumping 6-1 win at Pocklington, Mikey Linsley a hat-trick hero.
The game started brightly for Amotherby and they could have quickly gone ahead, as Andy Philips raced through on goal but saw his effort saved by the oncoming goalkeeper, with Linsley seeing a headed goal from the resulting corner ruled out for an apparent shove on Pock’s number one.
Philips soon made up for the miss, tapping in his rebounded shot after a superbly weighted pass from Ryan Boyd.
Unlike previous weeks, A&S continued to press their opponents and chance after chance was created.
George Moore doubled the lead with a composed finish from 12 yards out after good work from Matty Webster, and Linsley grabbed his first of the game with a well-taken effort after Moore’s shot was parried into his path.
Amotherby also defended their lead superbly with man-of-the-match Richard Webster, Kristian Wilkinson and Stevie Clay faultless at the back.
The second half brought more of the same, with the away side forcing errors.
Linsley claimed his second goal after Philips’ blistering pace down the left enabled him to cut inside and pull the ball across the box to the unmarked striker.
Moore, Philips and Linsley were tireless from start to finish, and, although Pocklington pulled one back from the spot after Moore was penalised, Philips notched a deserved second after another Boyd through ball left him one on one with the ’keeper.
Linsley then rounded off a brilliant display with another well-taken strike.