THE Beckett Football League restarted its league programme after a two-week Christmas/New Year break on Saturday with two games played in each division, and an outstanding Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy game between Sinnington and Goldsborough.

The second division versus first division cup clash started in scrappy fashion on a very heavy pitch with neither team able to get a control of the ball. The first chance of the game fell to Ben Watson, whose shot was tipped onto the crossbar, and George Sault's rebound was smothered on the line.

An excellent block from a Sinnington defender kept the scoresheet blank after a scramble from a corner as Goldsborough began ramping up the pressure. The deadlock was broken a few minutes later, when Spencer picked the ball up on the right before driving forward and playing a lovely ball through for Watson, who swept the ball past the 'keeper into the far corner.

The goal was the catalyst for Goldsborough to take control of the game. Watson nearly had a second, collecting the ball with his back to goal before brilliantly rolling his man and getting his shot away, the 'keeper saving well. Next up was Si Taylor, who fired wide after more good play from Spencer, a driving run from Dom Ingham and a good pull back from Watson. Ingham, Taylor and Sault were causing a lot of problems for Sinnington with their energy and link up play, but it remained 1-0 going into half time.

Sinnington started the second half well without creating any chances, Hardy having a busy start with a number of clearances. Goldsborough began to steady things and were unlucky with a few close offside calls. Taylor almost doubled the lead with an audacious effort that the keeper did well to tip over, while at the other end Nath Smurthwaite was dominant in the air as Sinnington went long.

Mid-way through the half Diaz-Thomson was sin-binned. Damon Craig, who had only been on the pitch a few minutes, donned the gloves for the ten minutes and showed a safe pair of hands, collecting two crosses. Despite being a man down Goldsborough held firm and were posing a threat on the break. Sault had a shot blocked, before Mike Coates hit the outside of the bar and post from distance. With full time approaching the win was sealed.

Craig, back out of goal, picked the ball up in the middle and carried it forward before laying off to Harry Schofield. He played in Rob Ingham, whose shot across goal was well saved, but Coates slid in at the back post to finish and double Goldsborough’s lead.

Goldsborough go through to the third round, where they will be at home to first division Sleights.


Div 1: Sherburn 0 Ryedale S C 3, Sleights 8 Bagby and Balk 2

Div 2: Heslerton 2 Amotherby & Swinton 7, Rillington Rovers 0 Union Rovers 5

Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy, round two: Sinnington 0 Goldsborough 2

Scarborough & District FA District Cup, round one: Snainton 3 Newlands Park 7

Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup, round two: Ayton 5 Duncombe Park Res 2, Edgehill Res v Newby pp, Gillamoor v Rosedale pp, Kirkbymoorside Res 5 Goalsports 1, Kirkdale Utd 6 Whitby Fishermen Academy 1, Ryedale S C Res v West Pier Res pp, Thornton le Dale 7 Newlands Park Res 1

Fixtures for Saturday

Ryedale Hospital Cup, kick off 1.45pm, round three: Sleights v Sherburn, Goldsborough v Kirkdale Utd, Amotherby & Swinton v Kirkbymoorside Res, Thornton le Dale Res v Snainton.

League, kick off 2pm, division one: Rosedale v Bagby and Balk, Sinnington v Ryedale S C. Division two: Duncombe Park Res v Whitby Fishermen Acadamy Res, Gillamoor v Ryedale S C Res, Heslerton v Ayton, Union Rovers v Rillington Rovers