Kirkbymoorside reservse march on at the top of division one as Shaun Cox sees red

Gazette & Herald: Thornton-le-Dale’s David Elliot takes advantage of a mistake by Duncombe Park goalkeeper Will Snowden Thornton-le-Dale’s David Elliot takes advantage of a mistake by Duncombe Park goalkeeper Will Snowden

KIRKBYMOORSIDE reserves moved 11 points clear at the top of newitts.com Beckett Football League division one after beating Heslerton 5-0.

The Moorsiders saw their Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy semi-final at Rosedale postponed - but this rearranged game allowed them to continue their march to silverware.

It was made possible as Heslerton’s league game at Bagby & Balk was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The first half was goalless but the Moorsiders then got on top, scoring through Alex Strickland (2), Ryan Rivis, Jack Dowson and David Gardner.

Victory was marred as the Moorsiders had Shaun Cox sent off.

Grant Kiddle was their man of the match, with Nick Schofield Heslerton’s top performer.

Sinnington beat Gillamoor 3-0 in a keenly contested game.

The first half was goalless as Gillamoor defended superbly but the Sinners stepped up their game in the second half and, as Gills tired, scored through Rob Atkinson, Stuart Wilkinson and David Wilkinson.

Adam Stephens starred in defence for Sinnington, while Gillamoor’s men of the match were striker Andrew Claughton and centre-half Tony Cass.

Thornton-le-Dale beat Duncombe Park 5-3 thanks to two late goals.

Thornton opened the scoring with a fine solo goal by Taryn Midgley.

Park equalised with a free-kick by Jack Wright but Dale regained the lead as David Elliot reacted first when Rory Lancaster’s shot was spilled by the goalkeeper. Elliot then waltzed around two players and slotted the ball home for a 3-1 lead.

Cory Taylor, Park’s top performer, pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half and Fergus Ward levelled with five minutes left.

But Thornton won the game with goals by man-of-the-match Tom Atkinson, after 87 minutes, and Danny Russell in the last minute.

In division two, Wombleton beat Union Rovers 2nds 5-2.

Debutant Karl Richardson opened the scoring after six minutes with a fine header from a corner.

Luke McLaren tapped in to double the lead by the interval and, after Wombleton had another goal disallowed, Luke Tateson made it 3-0 on the hour mark.

Union struck back through Luke Dawson and Shane Olley but Wombleton sealed victory through Josh Tateson and a second for his brother, Luke.

This was Ashley Walker’s first game in charge of Wombleton after his recent retirement as a player with Pickering Knights due to injury.

Wombleton’s Tom Ellis and Union centre-back Nathan Jackson were the men of the match.

Slingsby won 1-0 at Norton United.

The understrength hosts made Slingsby work hard for their points which were secured by Scott Simpson’s 55th-minute goal.

Centre-back Thomas Eddery, of Norton, and Glyn Brown, of Slingsby, were the men of the match.

Fourth-placed Settrington drew 1-1 at Heslerton reserves.

Settrington took the lead after 55 minutes thanks to a bizarre own goal by Scott Bown. Settrington’s Lewis Waltham slipped the ball past keeper Mick Norman, but the ball seemed to be drifting wide until Bown hammered it into the roof of his own net.

With five minutes left, John Porritt slipped a ball to man-of-the-match Joe Schofield, who evaded a challenge before rounding the goalkeeper and rolling in the equaliser.

Snainton reserves and Pickering Knights also drew 1-1.

Snainton’s man of the match, James Wilson, scored with a brilliant header and his side could have added more but for brilliant goalkeeping by Knights star man David Bointon.

Pickering’s Josh Fawcett was sent off after 55 minutes but they equalised three minutes from time through a James Bruce own goal following a free-kick by James Boak.

Rillington Athletic reserves won 2-0 at Thornton-le-Dale reserves thanks to a brace by man-of-thematch Cameron Swift.

Kirkdale United beat Easingwold Town 3rds 5-4 on penalties in the first round of the Panasonic league Division Two Cup. The tie ended goalless after 90 minutes so went to a shoot-out.

Chris Wigley was the man of the match for Kirkdale, who also had Mark Bradshaw in impressive form.

The Beckett League’s closing date for signing players is this March 1.

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