Old Malton St Mary’s keep five point gap at the summit of the York Minster Engineering Football League
THE top three teams in the York Minster Engineering Football League premier division all won to maintain the status quo in the title race.
Old Malton St Mary’s gained a clear cut 3-0 win at home to York RI, with goals from Darren Dunning, Marcus Godsell and Dean Nuttall keeping a five-point gap between them and second-placed Riccall.
Riccall recorded a straightforward 5-0 win at Poppleton. Liam Brown hit a hat-trick, with Ross Gemmell and Chris Coxon also finding the target.
Third-placed Huntington continued their good form with a 6-3 win over York St John University. Rovers raced into a 4-0 half-time lead courtesy of a Chris Dyson brace, an own goal and a stoppage time effort from Jon James.
St John struck twice early in the second period to reduce the deficit, but substitute Lee Bunce restored a three-goal cushion for the home side. A further goal for the students was followed Rovers’ sixth, a cool finish from James Edmond.
It took Dunnington 50 seconds to gain the lead against Aviva, with attacking pressure leading to an own goal. Grant Bulmer doubled the advantage before Adam Osguthorpe scored to give the visitors a lifeline at the break.
With Aviva pressing for an equaliser late in the game, Jonny Andrews hit the sucker punch that saw Dunnington gain a 3-1 win to move up to fourth in the table.
Terrington came back from the dead to gain three points at home to a shell-shocked Wigginton.
The visitors took the lead on the half-hour mark through Lee Stewart, and doubled it after the interval thanks to a thunderous 20-yard strike from Dan Zambelli.
Glory got straight back into the game thanks to Johnny Brown’s header from a corner.
Three minutes later the scores were level as Josh Ward drove a low shot into the far corner from 18 yards. Matty Bower and Brown scored quickfire headers to give Terrington a 4-2 lead, before Danny Lamb gave Wigginton late hope.
Copmanthorpe’s Robin Bedford scored either side of a Jordan Grose effort for Easingwold as they cruised into a 3-1 half-time lead, their third coming from Matty Bastock. Rich Holden added a fourth for Cop in the second period.
Second-half goals from Tockwith’s Chris Fairhurst and Will Richmond gave the home side a 2-0 victory, and condemned Malton & Norton to relegation from division one.
Total Sports United are the side most likely to join the Ryedale team in division two next season, but they picked up a vital point away at promotion-seeking Church Fenton White Horse after a 1-1 draw.
Hemingbrough and Pocklington shared points with visitors Brooklyn and Hamilton Panthers respectively.
Kristian Wilkinson scored for Brooklyn, cancelling out Luke Zacharenko’s goal.
Lee Topping grabbed a brace for Panthers at Pocklington, who equalled his tally thanks to strikes from Nathan Hind and Tes Donkin.
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