Kenward Cup and Sunday division one: Seamer stun Pier, Traf and Newlands win
Seamer booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Kenward Cup with a shock home 3-1 win against West Pier, while Strongwood beat Cayton in the other tie and Traf and Newlands kept their title hopes on track with wins against Klosters and Filey Flyers respectively.
Seamer 3 (J Darling, Danby, Layton) West Pier 1 (Speight)
Seamer secured a home semi-final against Newlands in the Kenward Cup with this surprise victory at home to Pier.
Rob Speight handed the visitors the lead on half-hour mark, but the villagers drew level before half-time thanks to a fine solo goal from Jason Darling, who cut in from the flank and fired in a low cross that eluded everybody - including Pier goalkeeper Scott Wardman - and rolled into the net.
Pier were up against it for the last half-hour after Steve Sheader’s dismissal for a professional foul, and Seamer went ahead 10 minutes later when Joe Danby beat Wardman with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.
James Prethero’s team sealed the win five minutes from time when super-sub Dan Layton shot at goal with his first touch of the game, then fired in the rebound after Wardman had made a save.
Man of the match for Seamer was central midfielder Liam Buglass, while centre-back Neil Fraser also had a strong game.
Strongwood 6 (Hall 3, one pen, Walker, Purvis, Mann) Cayton Corinthians 2 (Dennis, J Best pen)
Striker-turned-centre-back Eric Hall blasted in a hat-trick to help Strongwood into the semi-finals, where they will travel to Klosters.
Hall opened the scoring after only 10 minutes for the top-flight side from the penalty spot after Dan Bradbury was adjudged to have been fouled in the area.
On the half-hour the third division title-chasers levelled through Michael Dennis’ clinical strike.
Hall restored Strongwood’s lead five minutes before half-time with a 20-yard shot, and on the stroke of half-time striker Sam Walker pounced - after fine approach play from right-back Tom Fennell - to make it 3-1 to Steve Mainprize’s team.
Less than 60 seconds into the second half Hall completed the hat-trick to put the hosts in firm control of the cup-tie.
Cayton, who did not have any subs, were then forced to play with only 10 men for the final half-hour as Josh Venner limped off with an injury.
This was the cue for Strongwood to wrap up the win, right-back Chris Mann firing in from 10 yards after charging forward and centre-back Luke Purvis completed the scoring for the hosts.
Player-manager John Best pulled another goal back from the spot after a foul on Jake McAleese.
Hall was named as the Strongwood man of the match, while his counterpart, centre-back Daz Jones was Cayton’s star man.
Klosters 1 (B Salt own goal) Trafalgar 2 (Exley pen, A Coulson)
Traf were forced to work hard to see off Klosters in this keenly-contested clash and maintain their lead on goal difference from Newlands at the top of division one.
After a close first half-hour, Bill Pashby awarded a penalty to Traf, which Sean Exley despatched.
Two minutes into the second half, Alec Coulson slotted home from close-range, but five minutes later the hosts had pulled a goal back.
Nick Sumpton whipped in a corner from the left and defender Ben Salt’s mis-hit clearance looped into the net.
Centre-back Lee Luntley was man of the match for Klosters, winning every tackle, while - despite his own goal - Ben Salt impressed for Traf.
Newlands 6 (R Cooper 2, Delve 2, Josh Hakings, Brown) Filey Flyers 1 (Sheldon)
Newlands kept in touch with Traf at the top after this hard-earned home win against Flyers.
The hosts made the perfect start, netting after only 20 seconds despite Flyers having the kick-off. Stefan Moon charging down a Flyers pass and breaking free to fire in a shot that the Filey keeper Will Hunter could only parry and Luke Delve pounced to force the ball home.
Flyers refused to submit and levelled on 15 minutes when Scott Sheldon flicked the ball in after a free-kick.
Newlands had the better of the chances in the first half, but a string of fine saves from Will Hunter meant it remained level at half-time.
Ryan Cooper’s header restored Newlands’ lead early in the second half, and when Josh Hakings smashed in a stunning 25-yard shot into the top corner of the net, the home side took a firm grip of the game.
Delve hit his second of the match to make it 4-1 and a second Cooper header pulled the hosts well clear.
Sub Hughie Brown completed the scoring with a tap-in late in the game.
Ben Luntley earned the man-of-the-match award for the hosts after an impressive game on the right wing, while central midfielder Mike Hunter worked tirelessly to earn Filey’s star man award.
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