Beckett League: Taylor strikes to steal victory for Duncome Park

Union Rovers’ man-of-the-match Ryan Cooper puts the ball past Norton goalkeeper Scott Walker for one of Rovers’ seven goals in their Beckett League division two win

Union ’keeper Ian Frazer beats Norton’s Josh Milner to the ball

First published in Sport

DUNCOMBE Park finally recorded their second league win of the newitts.com Beckett League division one season when beating Rosedale 4-3 – after Rosedale had led for most of the game.

Rosedale took the lead five minutes before half-time through Kyle Clackerty but David Elkington quickly equalised when lobbing the goalkeeper.

Five minutes into the second half, Rosedale regained the lead through Matty Tyreman and a second Clackerty goal put them clear.

However, Nick Allenby and Jack Wright – with a cross-cum-shot which deceived the defence – levelled going into the final 10 minutes, and, with five left, Park’s teenager, Cory Taylor, scored a fine winner.

Park’s Phil Marwood, who started in midfield and finished at centre-half, and goalkeeper Will Snowden, along with Rosedale’s Clackerty, stood out.

Gillamoor rose to seventh – their highest position of term – when beating Thornton-le-Dale 3-2.

Thornton took an early lead when a Chris Sellars free-kick was not held by goalkeeper Adam Durrant and Danny Russell headed in. David Elliott also missed two great chances to increase the lead.

Gillamoor got their act together with Tom Skelton twice being brilliantly denied by visiting ‘keeper David Sturgess before man-of-the-match Nathan Blacklock headed them level following an excellent cross by Ryan Diuga.

Three minutes later, left-midfielder Blacklock took advantage of a poor back pass to give Gills a 2-1 interval lead.

Thornton saw a Simon King header crash against the bar before Gillamoor doubled their lead as a long throw by Danny Drake was somehow put into his own goal by a visiting player.

Thornton piled on the pressure to get back into the game, and scored a second goal when Elliott set up substitute Harry Kenworthy. But Gillamoor determinedly held out.

King and Kenworthy shone for Thornton.

Heslerton, whose game at Bagby & Balk was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, have signed Robbie Preston from Ryedale Sports Club.

Ten-man Union Rovers moved up into second spot in division two after a 7-0 win at Norton United – all after Jordan Coultard had blazed a penalty over at the other end.

Richard Abbey put Union ahead just before half-time, and, although they had Phil Smith sent off soon after the resumption, they bagged six more goals.

Abbey completed a hat-trick, with Callum Dent, man-of-the-match midfielder Ryan Cooper, Shane Olly and Ashley Cooke also netting.

Norton were also thankful for a top display by Scott Walker in goal.

Kirkdale United dropped from second to third after losing 3-1 at home to an improving Settrington.

All the goals were scored in the first half as Setty played down the slope.

Harry Thistleton opened the scoring with a 20-yarder after a neat one-two with Dec Copland. Luke Wooldridge equalised but an Andy Rouph brace sealed matters, with Setty unable to add to their tally despite playing better in the second half.

Kirkdale defender and Setty midfielder Thistleton were the men of the match.

Heslerton reserves rose to fourth after a 4-1 home win against Snainton reserves.

Heslerton dominated from start to finish to make it five wins from their last six games.

Snainton’s height superiority meant Heslerton had to use their wings more to get round the back, which man-of-the-match Jay Bryan did to great effect on the right wing. When he drilled the ball across the face of goal, the visiting ‘keeper could only palm the ball into the path of Dan Blanchard, who tapped home.

Blanchard added a second before turning provider for Joe Schofield.

Mick Ellis pulled one back for Snainton on the hour mark but Liam Bradley restored Heslerton’s three-goal advantage.

Defender Ross Triffitt was Snainton’s star man.

Slingsby played out a cracking 2-2 draw at Easingwold Town 3rds – their first share-all of the season.

Slingsby took the lead through Jack Hopwood’s fine goal, but Tom Horner and former Pickering Town favourite Gavin Howell turned things round before Scott Simpson equalised with a header from a Fraser Hall cross.

Howell, playing at centre-back, was Easingwold’s man of the match, Joe Brown at left-back and striker Simpson sharing the Slingsby accolade.

Graham Atkinson scored a superb hat-trick as Pickering Knights beat Rillington Athletic reserves 3-1. His second – an unstoppable 20-yarder which curled in – was the pick, while his third came from good work by Josh Brittain.

Jordan Horsley had hit an equaliser for Rills, for whom Cameron Swift stood out.

Full-back Myles Dale pipped Atkinson to the Knights’ man-of-the-match award.

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