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Pickering Town crash out of FA Vase against Crook Town
9:49am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
PICKERING Town’s renewal of life on their own ground suffered intense home discomfort to crash out of the FA Vase.
Despite a Northern Counties East League return to the Recreation Ground that yielded a flurry of 13 goals in two outings, the Pikes suffered a 6-2 hammering by North-East visitors Crook Town.
It was a salutary lesson for manager Jimmy Reid’s men, especially after they had taken the lead through Nathan Cook.
Crook were soon level through Kyle Davies with the first of what was to be his hat-trick.
Ten minutes into the second half, the visitors stole the lead with the first of Warren Byrne’s triple treat, though that strike was almost instantly wiped out by Pikes’ man of the moment Joe Danby, whose leveller was his seventh goal in four games.
However, that was the closest the hosts were to get as Crook sealed the tie with a brace of unanswered goals apiece by Davies and Byrne, the latter a penalty four minutes from time.
An exit from the Vase was also suffered by Knaresborough Town who fell 2-0 to hosts Marske.
Back on the league front, the chance to go top of the NCEL premier division was denied Tadcaster Albion after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to second-placed Retford United.
The visitors took just 11 minutesa to break the deadlock, Lee Holmes on target.
Just after the half-hour striker Carl Stewart equalised, but though Albion pushed after the interval for a winner, they had to settle for the share-all.
In the Conference North, Harrogate Town went down 1-0 to second-placed Brackley Town, who secured the points at Wetherby Road with a single goal from Charlie Griffin two minutes into the second half.
Town pushed fiercely for a leveller but were thwarted by Brackley’s stoic rearguard.
Harrogate Railway Athletic prised a fine point from their Evo-Stik League first division North trip to Darlington 1883, who were cheered on by the majority in a bumper 1,253 crowd.
But Scarborough Athletic lost 3-1 in division one South to visitors Coalville. Trailing 1-0 at half-time, the Seadogs regained parity with a Ryan Blott strike on the hour. But two goals in the last five minutes gave Coalville all three points.
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