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Rivis hat-trick turns loss into vital victory for Malton & Norton
3:27pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Sport
The hosts, defending an unbeaten 15-match home run, led at the break through a John Marshall penalty and a Chris Thompson goal.
Marcus Godsell reduced the arrears early in the second period, but a second goal of the game from Marshall restored the Church Fenton side’s two-goal cushion.
The Ryedale outfit, facing their first away defeat in 14 matches, mounted a magnificent comeback as Rivis hit a hat-trick inside the final half hour.
Amotherby & Swinton drew 2-2 at Wilberfoss – after conceding two late goals.
George Moore and Andy Philips struck in the first half for Amotherby, with Wilberfoss replying through Jed Vale and a Kristian Wilkinson own goal. Amotherby still need two more points to secure their future in division one.
They started slowly at Foss and it took a fine save from Kevin Jacques to wake them up. Chances were soon created and Moore put the visitors ahead after a mix-up in defence allowed the striker to nip in.
Richard Webster’s last-ditch clearance kept the lead intact before Philips struck, playing a one-two with Ryan Boyd on half-way line before racing down the wing, cutting inside and slotting an effort past the goalkeeper.
Amotherby were clean through several more times, only to be deemed offside.
Moore missed a chance early in the second half after a superb through ball from Simon Wall, before poor marking from a corner allowed Foss to halve the deficit.
More controversial refereeing decisions cost Amotherby opportunities and they paid the price when a whipped ball from the left was headed into his own net by Wilkinson.
Amotherby pushed for a winner but efforts from Ollie Varey, Matthew Webster, Moore and Philips failed to trouble the ’keeper. Jonny Dunning was named man of the match for an impressive first-half display.
Last week Malton & Norton reserves celebrated promotion from reserve ‘C’ and this week a 3-0 home win over Hemingbrough reserves sealed the championship.
Callum Holmes, Steve Hoggard and an own goal ensured Malton remain unbeaten with only three games to go.
• The York Minster Engineering League will have vacancies next season for first teams and reserve teams. Further information is available by phoning league secretary Peter Gibson on 01904 796765.