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Football: Old Malton St Mary’s pegged back
3:00pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in Sport
An equaliser with the last kick of the game denied champions Old Malton St Mary’s the three York Minster Engineering League premier division points as hosts York St John University hit back at the end of a ding-dong game.
St Mary’s now lie fourth, six points off leaders Dunnington, and host promoted Terrington Glory in a derby this Saturday. Terrington are fifth after a 5-0 walloping of bottom club Hamilton Panthers.
Old Malton had begun brightly against St John, Danny Fogg and Daman Cox both thwarted by excellent keeping before full-back Jamie Shepherd and Fogg set up Cox for a 10th-minute lead.
The students came storming back on the break and Simon Cooke and Callum Scott had to be at their best to keep the slender lead intact. Goalkeeper Robbie Thackray was also busy, bringing off a couple of decent saves, but he was left helpless when a slick counter ended with Tom Hairyes levelling with a rasping drive.
Within a minute, a needless lunge by Robbie Baker resulted in a penalty which Hairyes smashed home.
Old Malton stepped up the tempo and were themselves awarded a penalty just past the half-hour mark, Scott Preston’s strong run being ended with an awful tackle and yellow card. Preston got up to send the ’keeper the wrong way.
The second half started well for St John – but Malt scored against the run of play on 55 minutes, Baker’s cross being turned home by the alert Fogg.
A glorious chance created by Shepherd was wasted as Dean Nuttall headed against an upright and Fogg hit a post from the rebound. The students then carved the visitors open on the counter to level at 3-3 through Harry Hewson.
St Mary’s sought a winner. Liam Preston saw a storming 25-yarder tipped over and Nuttall stung the goalkeeper’s fingers, Cox dinking the rebound wide, before another strong run and shot by Nuttall was pushed away.
Victory looked on the cards when a hand denied Fogg a goal with six minutes left on the clock, Scott Preston scoring from the spot.
However, another lapse in concentration from full-back Shepherd allowed Hairyes to finish well for a classy hat-trick.
Meanwhile, Alex Yates, inset, was the chief destroyer in Terrington Glory’s big win. Yates hit a hat-trick, with Dave Bradshaw and Ben Richardson completing the scoring.
Malton & Norton drew 3-3 at Amotherby after some late penalty drama in their division one derby.
Amotherby took the lead through Matthew Webster, but Malton led 3-1 at the break courtesy of a Marcus Godsell hat-trick.
Andy Philips reduced the arrears in the second half before the late shenanigans. Firstly they were awarded a penalty with two minutes remaining but missed it. However, within a minute they were awarded a second spot kick and this time Webster tucked it away for a share of the spoils.
Old Malton showed no mercy to a below-strength Hamilton Panthers in a 15-0 York Minster Engineering Football League reserve ‘A’ rout.
There were hat-tricks each for Dean Leadhill and Rich Stephenson, plus four goals for Adam Newell.
Malton & Norton retained top spot in reserve ‘C’ despite a 1-1 draw at Selby RSSC.
David Sayles levelled for Selby after Darryl Craggs had given the Ryedale side the lead.