East Riding County League
Division One Leven Members Club are back in touch with the league’s top two after a comfortable 3-1 victory over lowly Reckitts Reserves. Current league position: 3rd Next up: West Hull Amateurs (A), League, 2:00pm.
Division Two Middleton Rovers made it nine games unbeaten in all competitions with an easy 3-1 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Haltemprice to leave them in 2nd position and five points clear of their nearest rivals Hutton Cranswick SRA. Rovers were expecting a tough test against a Haltemprice side who have produced a number of impressive results thus far, including a penalty shoot-out victory in the League Junior Cup over SRA three weeks ago.
An extremely strong wind across the pitch made it difficult for either side to pass the ball, but it was Middleton who adapted to the conditions the better. It was no surprise when Rovers took the lead mid-way through the first period when the diminutive Luke Wilson headed home from close-range after a Harry Bryan centre. Minutes before Wilson’s goal, Bryan had nearly opened the scoring only to see his goal-bound effort thwarted by a wonderful save from the Haltemprice goalkeeper.
Middleton continued to dominate proceedings after the break, and the pressure eventually told when the lively Steve Harrison slotted home after being presented with a one on one against the goalkeeper. Moments later, the three points were in the bag when Gavin Bell superbly tucked a low shot past the oncoming goalkeeper. Having shown a lamentable attitude throughout, Haltemprice somehow managed to grab a consolation goal in the dying minutes, much to the frustration of the Middleton defence and goalkeeper who were keen to keep another clean sheet. Man of the match: Rich Partridge – Outstanding throughout. Middleton would like to thank kit sponsors Pete Dodds Roofing, match-ball sponsor DJ Plumbing and tracksuit sponsor Rockcurl.Current position: 2nd Next up: Apollo Rangers (A), League, 2:00pm.
HPL – Driffield Evening Institute Reserves recorded just their second league victory of the season after thrashing Wawne United Reserves 6-1 on their home turf. A four goal haul from striker Sam Wilkes set EI on the path to glory before a brace from Daniel Kitching added some gloss to the long overdue triumph. Wawne’s only reply came from Liam Rehman. The resounding victory lifts EI three points above the Division Two drop zone, and with two games in hand they will be confident of pulling away from any danger. Current league position: 9th Next up: Skirlaugh (H), League, 2:00pm.
Division Three FC Georgies Bar were handed their third league victory of the season after their opponents Howden Reserves were unable to field at side at Rotsea Lane. Current league position: 7th Next up: Easington United Reserves (A), League, 2:00pm.
Division Four Langtoft goalkeeper James Knaggs put in a man of the match performance during his side’s 2-2 draw with Holme Rovers Reserves that not only included spectacular saves but a goal as well!
During the first half, Langtoft played into a strong wind, but despite this they played the better football and created a number of promising chances. The most notable of these came when Robin Birch found himself one on one with the goalkeeper, who stood tall to save the midfielder’s chipped effort. However, Langtoft were hit with a sucker-punch when the visitors produced the only goal of the half with a 30 yard effort that flew into the corner of the net.
The start of the second half saw Langtoft make immediate use of the wind advantage when Knagg’s 90 yard punt up the field was allowed to bounce by the Rovers goalkeeper. The ball then dipped over his head and nestled into the back of the net for a goal of the season contender. Langtoft were now in total control of proceedings and went 2-1 in front on 55 minutes when Callum Turner was crudely hauled down in the area by the visitors last defender after producing another searching run. After picking himself up, Turner stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Chances were produced for Langtoft to grab a third goal that would have killed the game, however these were missed and left the door open for Rovers to regain some momentum. With ten minutes remaining, Rovers set up a grandstand finish when they scored an equaliser after a breakaway. Ultimately, neither side were able to find a winner, although Langtoft did have the ball in the back of the net just seconds after the referee had blown his whistle for full-time. After this latest draw, Langtoft will know that they have to be more clinical in front of goal of they are to earn the rewards their performances deserve. Current league position: 5th Next up: Hornsea Town 3rds (A), League, 2:00pm.
It was a bad day at the office for Long Riston Reserves who fell to a heavy defeat 6-0 defeat at the hands of Skirlaugh Reserves. Braces from Alan Ellerington, Mike Waller and Dom Read ensured Skirlaugh remain in the hunt for promotion, whilst Riston are left looking for a couple of victories before the Christmas break to avoid any thoughts of relegation. Next up: East Riding Rangers 3rds (A), League, 2:00pm.
Division Five In their last game in 2015, Little Driffield signed off with a 2-0 victory over Leven Members Club Reserves to ensure they finish the calendar year in second position. The conditions were difficult for both sides during the early stages of the game, however it was Little Driffield who looked the most threatening, especially down the right-hand side where Ryan Bush was giving the home side a headache.
With the game goalless at halftime, Little Driffield pushed for the opener in the second half and Nathan Bell nearly obliged after being put through on goal by Joseph Harrison. However, Bell was unable to find the all-important finishing touch. But, with 65 minutes on the clock, Little Driffield took the lead thanks to one of their stand-out performers of the season, Sam Pallant. Pallant picked up the ball 25 yards out and struck the ball with pace into the corner to put his side in front. At the other end, Little Driffield’s back four continued to look in control and stand-in goalkeeper Jamie Hopper produced a fine fingertip save over the bar to prevent Leven from equalising.
In the 87th minute, Little Driffield’s win was confirmed when Matty Blair made a run down the right wing and produced an inchperfect cross for Harrison to poke home and secure the points. After the game Little Driffield manager Andy Watts said he was delighted with another three points: “It’s been a good first half of the season, putting us in a great position to challenge for top positions come the end of the campaign.” Referee’s man of the match: Sam Pallant Current league position: 2nd Next up: No game this weekend
Division Six Brandesburton Reserves season continues to go from strength to strength after they claimed their fifth league victory of the season with a 4-2 triumph over Griffin Athletic. Current league position: 6th Next up: New Cleveland Wolves (H), League, 2:00pm.
Driffield & District Football League
Premier Burton Agnes remain 2nd in the league table after their home game against Mermaid United Old Boys was postponed. Current league position: 2nd Next up: Stirling Wanderers (A), League, 2:00pm.
1st Division The shock of the day came at Matson Road were previously unbeaten Full Measure Driffield fell to a heavy 8-2 at the hands of Coachman FC, who sit in the lower reaches of Division One. Current league position: 2nd Next up: Nafferton United (H), League, 2:00pm.
Nafferton United’s struggles in Division One continued on Saturday with a 6-0 defeat against Bridlington Snooker Centre. Current league position: 8th Next up: Full Measure Driffield (A), League, 2:00pm.