WOMBLETON Wanderers will fancy their chances of reaching the final of the newitts.com Beckett League’s Marisa Trophy as they look to cap an already successful maiden season - despite suffering a rare defeat on Monday.
Wombleton, already division two winners and Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup beaten finalists, have been paired with fellow division two side Easingwold Town 3rds in Saturday’s semi-finals.
The other tie is an all first division clash between Heslerton and Ryedale Sports Club reserves.
Wombleton beat Slingsby 3-1 in the quarter-finals, after triumphing 5-2 at Bagby & Balk last midweek. Slingsby’s marksman was also their man of the match, Paul Richardson. The Bagby & Balk goals were scored by Darren Bell and Martin Kendall.
Wanderers, amid a busy period, suffered their first league defeat on Monday night, losing 4-2 at Settrington. Chris Lightfoot, Dec Copland, Harry Thistleton and Richard Cass got Setty’s goals, with left-back Rory Darley their man of the match.
Easingwold 3rds reached the Marisa Trophy semi-finals by beating Settrington 5-2 with Steve Johnson, Brendon Carrick (2) and Lee Drumbombe on target along with an own goal. Setty’s scorers were Louis Waltham and Copland, while centre-half Justin Midgley was their man of the match.
Ryedale SC reserves went through after defeating Kirkdale United on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
They took the lead after 10 minutes when a superb move involving John Ellis, Alex Ibbotson and Matty Gardner allowed John Sherwood to score from 12 yards. Ryedale remained on top in the first half but failed to take their chances created by the impressive Ellis, Gardner, and Ibbotson.
Kirkdale did much better in the second period, three times hitting the woodwork.
They got reward two minutes from time as they were awarded a penalty which was converted by Alex Croall.
The shoot-out followed, with Ryedale winning 5-4.
Their five penalty-takers were Andy Best, man-of-the-match John Sherwood, Ben Thompson, Gardner and Ellis.
Philip Ward was the unlucky party for Kirkdale, missing their second spot-kick. Sean Doyle, Alex Croall, Michael Bumby and Dean Coote put their penalties away.
Heslerton won a five-goal thriller at Gillamoor.
Wayne Pilmoor put them in front after 15 minutes, but Gillamoor equalised before half-time through man-of-the-match Matty Durant – his first goal for the club - after Nathan Blacklock had hit a post.
The second half flowed from end to end.
A second Pilmoor goal on the hour-mark restored Heslerton’s lead, and it was doubled by Tom Harrison 15 minutes from time.
Two minutes from the end, Gillamoor pulled a goal back, scored by skipper Andrew Claughton.
Pilmoor and Robbie Preston were Heslerton’s men of the match.
Meanwhile, in the second division in midweek, Slingsby won 6-4 at Union Rovers 2nds thanks to four goals by man-of-the-match Jack Hopwood and a double from Danny Nunwick.
The Union goals were scored by Zac Holmes, Jimmy Halliday, Grant Stephens and Paul Downes, with Richard Abbey their top performer.
Norton United were unlucky to lose 2-1 at Pickering Knights after leading for most of the game thanks to a goal by Jordan Coulthard. Thomas Eddery was Norton’s man of the match.
• THE Beckett League’s Victory Cup final between Union Rovers and Sinnington will take place on Saturday at Kirkbymoorside, kick off 6.15pm.
After the game, the first division championship trophy and individual awards will be presented to Kirkbymoorside reserves, with the runners-up awards presented to Sinnington.
• BECKETT League club Gillamoor are holding a charity football game in memory of former player Steven Wilson on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, kick off 1pm.
All proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Anyone wishing to play, especially former players of Gillamoor or Farndale, can phone the match organiser Jimmy Blacklock on 01751 433394.