The Scarborough News
Scarboro’ League well beaten
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.”