CHAMPIONS elect Newlands Park took another big stride towards the Scarborough & District League first division title when they beat last year’s winners, West Pier, 2-0.
Former Pickering Town player Paddy Mancrief gave Newlands the lead midway through the first half, and victory was sealed three minutes from time as Drew McCoubrey scored with a tremendous shot.
Newlands, who have four games to go, are now a whopping 23 points clear of second-placed Filey Town and 24 clear of third-placed Edgehill.
Filey need to win all of their eight remaining games and hope Newlands suffer a stunning collapse. Edgehill are the only team with realistic hopes of catching Park, as they have 11 games left.
Filey moved up into second place with a 3-0 win over Falsgrave.
Man-of-the-match Ricky Tomlinson scored a brace and set up Stuart Dickens for their other goal.
Whitby Fishermen bolstered their hopes of avoiding relegation with a 2-0 home win over Hunmanby United thanks to second-half goals by Steve Swales and Ryan Braithwaite.
Edgehill retained hopes of a double as they beat second division side Filey Town reserves 4-1 in the League Cup semi-finals, to set up a final against Eastfield St James. The Edgehill marksmen were Kieran Link, Shaun Dodson, with a penalty, Danny Collins and Jason Prosser. Max Gage replied.
Eastfield - who are managed by Lee Tate, the son of Pickering Town’s successful manager of the 1980s and 1990s, Nigel Tate - beat lowly Ayton 2-1 in their semi-final.
Danny Kelly and Nathan Till scored either side of half-time before Ayton, who had a much better second half, hit back through Liam Glaves.
Meanwhile, in division two, Cayton Corinthians and Snainton shared the points in a six-goal thriller.
Mike Webster and Rob Holt put Snainton two up but by half-time Cayton were level through Paul Amoah and Alex May.
Cayton then grabbed the lead through Jamie Whitelaw but Snainton’s Lou Swift levelled.
Leaders Edgehill reserves had no trouble beating Scalby 5-0 thanks to goals by Tom Scales (2), John-Paul Watson, Carl Hepples and Martyn Ferrey, with a penalty.
The result opened up a 19-point gap to second-placed United Sports Bar, who have two games in hand.
Seamer Sports reserves are bottom of the third division but they won 6-0 in a huge shock at leaders West Pier reserves. On target were Matty Forsyth, Gary Dixon, Matty Dawson, Connor Myerscough, Ben Mason and Sam Walker.
Scalby reserves lost 1-0 at home to Commercial.