Poppleton United produced an excellent and emotion-filled performance in their final game at Easingwold Town to stave off relegation and offer a fitting tribute to their centre-half, Carsten Armstrong, who unfortunately passed away recently at the age of 26.
Poppleton pressed from the word go but did not break the deadlock until the final minutes of the first half when Joe Vaughan found time in a tight space to clip the ball into the top corner of the goal.
Easingwold fought back in the second half but, despite many efforts, could not break through. Michael Lillie headed home from close range with ten minutes to go to seal a much needed 2-0 win for Poppy, a win that confirms the relegation of St Clements.
York St John produced a shock win over fourth placed Dunnington in their final Premier League game for at least a year. The students gained a 5-2 victory, with Tom Matthews and Tom Richards hitting the target for an irregular-looking Dunnington outfit.
In Reserve A, Dunnington ensured that they ended the league season unbeaten with a 2-0 win at Haxby. Callum Richardson and Tom Gore got the all-important goals. Only Easingwold Town have taken a point off the league champions this season, who have conceded just 11 goals in eighteen games.
Old Malton St Marys ran out 4-1 winners over Dringhouses, for whom Liam Robertson netted. James McLoughlin (2), Dean Nuttall and Marcus Godsell bagged Malton’s haul.
The win for the Ryedale side consigned Huntington Rovers to relegation after they failed to gain any points at already relegated Church Fenton. Despite Dan Hood’s goal, Church Fenton struck back through Matt Hildon and Adam Beavers to register a 2-1 triumph.
The Reserve B table was completed following Riccall’s 3-0 win over Pocklington. Ryan Griffin, Kevin Kozicki and Josh Levitt found the target for United.