The Scarborough News

Scarboro’ League well beaten

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The Scarboroug­h League lost their grip of both the Ernie Fairclough Challenge Cup and the Les Crossman Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night when they were comfortabl­y beaten 4-0 by the York League.

The clash at Pickering Town’s Mill Lane doubled as the annual meeting between the sides and one part of the three-pronged round-robin tournament that also involves the Teesside League.

York just proved to be too good on the night, their fitness, quality and finishing shining through against a chopped and changed Scarboroug­h team.

Boss Shaun Mancrief still took positives from a fixture, which will be followed next month by a clash with the Teesside League at Marske United’s base.

He said: “It was frustratin­g. Our boys played well, but York were a very good team, a completely different set-up to the teams we have played before.

“They were a level above what I have in Scarboroug­h. It looked as though they play together regularly rather than just have the odd get together like we do.

“They just came through us in waves with their one-touch football. I thought we did well to keep it down to four in the end.

“In the first half we were still in it, but we conceded in the 45th minute, a sloppy goal, and that did for us.”

Mancrief had a number of players pull out of the squad in the build-up to the fixture, which clearly hurt his preparatio­ns.

He added: “It is difficult to get the lads in because they all work and a lot of them work shifts.

“I asked about 25 lads and I only got 12 or 13 successful responses. You end up putting the team together a few hours before kick off.

“You do it because you enjoy football though and I love the town. It is an honour just to be involved.”

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