Wombleton Wanderers seal title - now for the cup

Wombleton Wanders

Wombleton Wanders

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WOMBLETON Wanderers have won the newitts.com Beckett League second division title - their first success of a possible quadruple in their debut season.

They clinched the crown on Monday evening with a 6-1 win at Pickering Knights and will now attempt to lift their second piece of silverware within five days as they take on holders Lingdale United in the final of the Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup on Friday.

It will be their first appearance in a final, just 10 months after being formed and elected into the second division of the Beckett League.

It might not be their last this spring, though, as they are also in the semi-finals of the Beckett League’s Division 2 Panasonic League Cup and the second round of the Marisa Trophy.

They also reached the semi-finals of both the Ryedale Hospital Cup and Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy - when it took good displays by first division champions Kirkbymoorside reserves to deny them.

Regardless of what happens on Friday, it has already been a wonderful maiden season given their title and promotion success - and an unbeaten record in the league.

Wombleton is a small village situated between Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley just off the main A170 road. To reach Friday’s FA final, which takes place on Whitby Town’s Turnbull Ground (7pm), the team beat Gillamoor, Filey Town reserves, Kirkbymoorside reserves – payback for the semi-final losses - and Sinnington, all at home.

Lingdale United will be favourites. They lie second in the Eskvale & Cleveland League with a game in hand on leaders Staithes Athletic and are also eyeing a trophy quadruple this season. In the Junior Cup, they have beaten Edgehill reserves away, and Athletico 2B, Slingsby and Brooklyn reserves at home.

Wombleton’s win on Monday came courtesy of braces by Luke Tateson, Josh Tateson and Sam Appleton, and a starring role by Tom Ellis.

They had taken two more strides towards the title in the previous five days – a 4-0 win at Thornton-le-Dale reserves following the midweek 5-1 win over rivals Kirkdale United.

Against Thornton, the goals were scored by Luke Tateson, Tom Ellis and Luke McLaren (2) and centre-back Mark Haines was the man of the match, defender Trevor Clubley starring for the losers.

Against Kirkdale, Tateson (2), Kieron Spry, Sam Appleton and Mike Ellis got the goals, with Mike Ellis the star man. Paul White scored for Kirkdale.

Meanwhile, Kirkdale suffered another blow to their promotion hopes as they lost 1-0 in Saturday’s six-pointer against Slingsby thanks to a 49th-minute thunderbolt volley by Danny Nunwick.

Slingsby keeper Shaun Suffield kept a fifth successive clean sheet, aided by top displays by defenders Glyn Brown and Mike Anderson.

Slingsby then confirmed their runners-up spot with a 1-1 draw at Thornton-le-Dale reserves on Monday night.

Easingwold Town 3rds thrashed Norton United 12-0 on Saturday with goals by man-of-the-match Gary Raper (6), Richard Henley (3), Brendon Carrick, Ben Ryder and Darren Cooper. Nathan Kirby stood out for the losers.

Union Rovers 2nds took a shock early lead against Heslerton reserves through Jimmy Halliday, but, in the second half, braces by Jermaine Timms, man-of-the-match Joe Schofield and Pete Tiffney put Heslerton on the victory path.

Richard Abbey pulled one back for Union, for whom Lewis Jennison impressed.

Last Wednesday, Thornton-le-Dale reserves beat Heslerton reserves 3-1 with Darren Davies, Olly Stead and Tom Atkinson on target. The goal of the game was by Heslerton’s Andy Norman. Thornton left-back Martin Welford and Heslerton duo Mikey Clark and Schofield starred.

Pickering Knights edged Easingwold Town 3rds 3-2, Tom Cadd and Richard Brian scoring for Town.

Settrington reached the semi-finals of the Panasonic League Division 2 Cup on Saturday by beating Pickering Knights 4-2.

Setty took a three-goal lead through Dec Copland, Vikton Kocacs and Lewis Waltham. The Knights replied either side of half-time as Greg Fawcett crossed for Josh Brittain and Graham Atkinson, with a 12-yard volley, to score goals.

But Harry Thistleton sealed Settrington’s progress.

Chris Lightfoot (Settrington) and Andy Spittlehouse (Knights) were the leading performers.

In the semi-finals, to be played on Wednesday, April 30, Settrington go to Wombleton, while Heslerton reserves play Thornton-le-Dale reserves or Kirkdale United.

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