RYEDALE Sports Reserves claimed a fine 6-3 home triumph against Easingwold Town 3rds to maintain their domination of division two.
The home side were forced to make several changes, with veteran striker Marc Dobson playing at centre-back and seasoned campaigner Heath Brown moving into the middle of midfield.
Brown had the first chance, hitting the post from three yards after a great third-minute cross by Matty Gardner.
On 14 minutes long throw by Alex Ibbotson saw Dobson head on for Gardner to strike into bottom of net giving the Town keeper no chance.
Seven minutes later Jamie Fewster hit the crossbar from 25 yards out.
In the 27th minute, Brown won the ball in midfield, and played it to Steve Stead, whose acute pass sets Fewster up who scored from 16 yards out to make it 2-0.
Five minutes later Gardner’s great flicked header allowed Fewster to chip the oncoming keeper from 25 yards goal of the game and so far of the season.
Two minutes before half-time, Ryedale got too complacent and gave the ball away and had too many players committed upfield for Easingwold to race clear and pull it back to 3-1 at half-time.
A minute into the second half, Ibbotson’s poor shot from 18 yards trickled to the keeper, who fumbled it into the net to put the hosts three goals clear.
Just before the hour mark, great work by Gardner saw him come deep to flick on for Luke Harmer to shoot but he missed the target.
In the 69th minute a free-kick by Gardner deep into the penalty area created a bit of a goalmouth scramble, which broke for Fewster to drill home 5-1 and complete his well-deserved hat-trick.
Four minutes later, Gardner closed down a Town defender and after beating him squared his pass across the goalmouth for Ibbotson to score.
Town pulled another two goals back, the first from sloppy Ryedale defending and the second a penalty-kick.
Joint men of match were Brown and Fewster, while skipper Gardner led by example with his non-stop in a great team performance.
Snainton Reserves’ promotion hopes were dented when they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by visitors Aislaby United.
The home side went 2-0 ahead thanks to goals from Macauley Riley, from an acute angle, and Jon Staniforth with a close-range finish after a well-worked move.
United then pulled a goal back with a free-kick from Simon Rouph, with skipper Kenny Temple then gaining a deserved equaliser for the visitors.
Left-back Billy Sullivan was Snainton’s star man while centre-half Ben Chapman was United man of the match.