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Old Malton St Mary’s title rivals slip again
3:30pm Wednesday 26th February 2014 in Sport
THE premier division title race has swung in favour of Old Malton St Mary’s in the York Minster Engineering Football League.
The Ryedale side beat reigning champions Dunnington 3-1 while rivals Riccall United suffered a second consecutive home defeat.
St Mary’s dispatched fifth-placed Dunnington thanks to goals from Damon Cox, Richard Dunning and Dean Nuttall.
Olly Newby scored the reply for Dunnington, whose defeat saw any hopes of retaining their title all but disappear. They are 12 points behind Old Malton with one game in hand.
Old Malton are now five points clear of Riccall United, with the second- placed side having two games in hand.
Riccall were thrashed 7-2 by third-placed Huntington Rovers on Saturday.
Goals by Johnny Brown, Tom Paley and Alan Goforth gave sixthplaced Terrington Glory a 3-0 win over St Clement’s.
Brooklyn routed Pocklington 8-0 - but saw their feint hopes of promotion from division one end.
Tadcaster Magnets won 3-1 at Tockwith to secure the title, while Osbaldwick and Church Fenton White Horse both won to continue the scrap for the second promotion place, and knock Brooklyn out of the race.
Brooklyn were brighter from first minute to last against Pock.
The Ryedale side’s attack of Mikey Brown, David Thompson and Andrew Metcalfe caused problems from the off, with Thompson giving them the lead, whipping the ball in off the crossbar.
Thompson soon doubled his personal tally with another neat finish after good play from man-of-thematch Ollie Varey and Brown.
Metcalfe then grabbed his first from the rebound when Brown, put through by Ryan Boyd, saw his effort saved.
Andrew Philips was introduced as a substitute for the injured Thompson in the second half and had an immediate impact.
Brown raced down the left, cut inside the box and his effort found Philips unmarked to dispatch the ball into the roof of the net.
Brooklyn stepped up another gear.
Philips’s pace troubled the visitors and played a part in Brooklyn’s final three goals, all scored by Brown.
The substitute striker raced down the right and unselfishly squared the ball to strike partner Brown, who displayed some clinical finishing in grabbing a 15-minute hat-trick.
Fifth-placed Stamford Bridge defeated fourth-placed Selby Olympia 3-1 in division three, a missed penalty costing Olympia.
Chris Day, Craig Hargreaves and Kalum Horne got Bridge’s goals.
In division four, South Milford’s 5-1 win at LNER Builders kept Kirkbymoorside’s title celebrations on hold for another week.
The Moorsiders need to secure just one point from their last three games to secure top spot and move up the divisions in their first season in the York Minster Engineering League.
Brooklyn turned up the heat on reserve ‘C’ leaders Thorpe United with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at St Clement’s.
It moved the Ryedale side to within two points of Selby side Thorpe, over whom they have four games in hand.
Brooklyn’s Matthew Bean and Brad Spink had goalbound efforts saved and George Moore and Tom Everitt spurned chances before St Clement’s took the lead against the run of play as Joe Hamilton’s shot was only half-stopped by goalkeeper Josh Raines.
Brooklyn bombarded the home goal, being denied by the woodwork and bad luck until, with 10 minutes to go, a Jim Baxter cross was converted by defender Danny Foxton, who lifted the ball over the ‘keeper from just inside the box.
Two minutes later, a George Moore cross was parried into the path of substitute Callum Smith, who poked the ball into the net.
In reserve ‘A’, Old Malton St Mary’s were without a game, but they dropped to second from bottom in the table after Haxby United won 3-1 at home to York RI.
Basement side Stamford Bridge lost 1-0 at home to Tadcaster Magnets in reserve ‘B’.