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Gazette & Herald: Norton United’s goalkeeper cannot prevent Heslerton reserves from adding to their tally during the Beckett League division two match Norton United’s goalkeeper cannot prevent Heslerton reserves from adding to their tally during the Beckett League division two match

JOSH BOINTON enjoyed a debut to remember as he scored five goals and set up the last one as Bagby & Balk won 6-3 at Duncombe Park in newitts.com Beckett League division one.

Duncombe, struggling for numbers recently, at least managed to field 11 players on Saturday but they were put to the sword by Bagby’s new boy and remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Bointon bagged a brace before Will Smith pulled one back with a header following a corner. Bointon then completed his hat-trick, with left-back Jack Wright, the hosts’ top performer, replying for a 3-2 interval scoreline.

Further goals by Bointon made it 5-2 and, although Jack Chadwick pulled another back, another Bointon shot was partially saved allowing Steve Tapplee to find the net on his return from injury.

First division leaders Kirkbymoorside reserves returned from Thornton-le-Dale with all three points following a 4-1 win in an excellent game which flowed from end to end.

Thornton should have taken the lead after 20 minutes when David Elliott was through but his effort was well saved by Moorsiders ‘keeper Will Smith. A minute later, Aaran Rivis put Kirkby ahead.

Early in the second half, Thornton ‘keeper Craig Barnes saved well before team-mate Rory Lancaster went down the wing and crossed to Simon King, whose effort was cleared off the goal line with Smith beaten.

Dale’s Harry Kenworthy then beat three men with pure skill but his effort hit a post.

The deserved equaliser arrived after 75 minutes when Paul Simpson combined well with Elliott allowing Kenworthy to score.

However, in the last 10 minutes it all went wrong for the hosts as the Moorsiders scored three goals through Shaun Cox, Aaran Rivis and Connor Campbell.

Thornton’s Tom Atkinson and Kirkby right-back Josh Butler were the men of the match.

Second-placed Union Rovers didn’t have things all their own way at home to Ryedale Sports Club reserves, despite winning 3-1.

Grant Stephens and Danny Simpson put Union two up inside 15 minutes but 10 minutes before the interval Ryedale came back into the game when Jack Mosley crossed for Matty Gardner to coolly slot the ball home.

Ryedale did much better in the third quarter but failed to score and Union then broke clear for Dean Sleightholme to seal victory.

The men of the match were both left-backs – Union’s Sam Cooper and Ryedale’s Matty Bell.

Gillamoor went to Heslerton and earned their third league win of terms thanks to a goal by Andy Phillips after 25 minutes. Heslerton, with teenager Tom Bell excellent in midfield, missed many chances to level.

Gillamoor’s top players were Phillips and Andy Claughton.

Wombleton Wanderers are four points clear of second-placed Slingsby at the top of division two.

Wombleton beat Rillington Athletic reserves 4-0 despite fielding a weakened side owing to injury to Sam Appleton and Luke Tateson.

They scored twice in each half – through Josh Tateson and Jake Dennison in the first, and Tom Ellis and man-of-the-match Jack Walsh, with a penalty, in the second.

Slingsby rose into second spot after a 6-0 home win over Snainton reserves.

Man-of-the-match Scott Simpson hit a hat-trick, with the impressive Danny Nunwick, Luke Gibson and Paul Richardson also scoring. Chris Yarborough also stood out at right-back, while left-back Billy Sullivan was Snainton’s top performer.

Thornton-le-Dale reserves enjoyed a shock 1-0 win at Settrington thanks to an own goal early on in an end-to-end game. Settrington, for whom Harry Thistleton starred, missed many chances.

Heslerton reserves romped to a 9-1 win at Norton United.

Joe Schofield and Dan Blanchard scored two goals apiece in the first half and, although Norton looked threatening in the second quarter and scored early in the second half through impressive debutant Matthew Williams, Heslerton sparked back into life and bagged further goals through Jay Bryan, Peter Tiffany, Tyrone Walton, Andy Norman, with a first senior goal, and James Tiffany. John Poirritt in midfield was their best player.

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