Coachman’s resurgence continued as they beat Division One leaders Driffield Star for the second time this season.
Their 4-1 success was their fifth league win in a row and reduces the gap to Star to nine points.
Straight from the kick off, Coachman were quick to stamp their authority on the game, restricting the Driffield strikers’ attempts on goal.
Constant pressure from the Coachman midfield finally saw the opening goal of the game come in the 23rd minute when some good link up play down the left wing saw an in swinging cross from Lewis Bean fall to the in-form Billy Simpson who unselfishly squared to captain Alex Cobden who rifled the ball into the back of the net with thunderous right foot shot.
Star were rattled and went 2-0 down two minutes later.
A clearance from Andy Tunstall saw the ball land at Cobden’s feet and he set up fellow strike partner Simpson, who slotted home his seventh goal of the season.
It soon became 3-0 after a beautiful free-kick from Josh Bowmaker was curled in to the far post, where Simpson was on hand to sidefoot the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal and leave Star wondering what they could do to prevent Coachman from running riot in a very one-sided first half.
The second half started in pretty much the same fashion as the first, and things went from bad to worse for the visiting side when defender Rob Cooper was sent off after an altercation with Dale Nelthorpe.
Coachman continued to show their dominance throughout the game and could’ve easily added more goals to their tally if it hadn’t been for an impressive display by the visiting goalkeeper, while Bean came close with a long-range effort which clipped the top of the bar.
Simpson had several chances to bag his first hat-trick for Coachman but the 10 men of Star held out until the 83rd minute when Nelthorpe drove the ball in from 20 yards out.
Star finally got a consolation goal in the 87th minute when Shaun Tate’s sweetly- hit free -kick from 30 yards out swerved and moved in the air so much that keeper Andrew Waites stood no chance.
In the dying minutes of the game, Coachman should have had a fifth but Bean’s shot, which looked destined for the top right corner, was turned away by keeper Alex Curtis.
Nafferton United picked up only their second point of the season as they earned a 2-2 draw at home to Flamborough 2nds.
Nafferton twice took the lead, through Nicholas Allanach and Marcus Ewbank, but they were pegged back both times in a feisty encounter, with the second equaliser being the 100th goal United have conceded in the league this season.
Two own goals didn’t help Bridlington Sports Club Reserves’ cause, as they went down 4-0 at Full Measure.
Debutant Rich Nicholson and captain Jordan Cattle, with a penalty, completed the scoring.
AFC Crown v Bridlington Snooker Centre was postponed.
The Premier Division threw up a set of surprise results that nobody would have predicted before kick-off.
Bridlington Excelsior began the day bottom of the pile, but they stunned Burton Agnes 7-1 to pick up only their second win of the season.
Flamborough 1sts also found form, hitting Forester Athletic 2nds for six. Nathan Bristow helpe dhimself to a hat-trick, with Liam Price, Gideon Jones and Joe Mattinson also on target.
Bridlington Rovers remain top of the table, despite a 3-1 defeat at Forester Athletics 1sts.
Rovers went to Matson Road full of confidence and began well after starting with three up front in an attacking formation.
But Foresters saw off the early danger and it took 25 minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Joey Baker was on hand to lift the ball into the net in a crowded box.
Foresters’ reponse was good and they got back in the game shortly before the break when Mark Bolton’s long range effort was spilled by the keeper and crept into the net.
The home team were buoyant and were right in the game.
With an extra man in midfield, they began to play some neat football and were rewarded with a fine team goal ending in a defence-splitting pass to Bolton, who showed all his experience to score.
Rovers were given a lifeline when the ref pointed to the spot after an handball but Lewis Goodacre’s penalty was saved easily.
The visitors were getting desperate and throwing players forward but Forester dealt a killer blow, breaking quickly and a great ball found the veteran Bolton, who looked shattered, but somehow pulled a shot out of the bag which found the far corner to claim a fine hat-trick.
Rovers boss Lee thomson said: “We came with a game plan but came up against a well-drilled team who gave us nothing.
“I am a bit disappointed but no arguments, they deserved to win.”
Mermaid United Old Boys are in third place, just two points behind Rovers with a game in hand.
They stepped up a gear from last week’s poor performance to win convincingly against a battling Stirling Wanderers side.
Mermaid’s first goal came after excellent footwork in the box from Jason Bartley who unselfishly squared the ball to Craig Young to tap home.
Stirling struggled to test Mark Stockdale in the Mermaid goal in the first half, and fell two down after the break after Artur Bejer and Jake Taylor combined down the left hand side for the latter to cross the ball into the box for Lukas Kozilleo to smash home.
It was three when centre half turned midfielder Rob Scott bundled the ball into the back of the net with a mis-kick.
Wanderers did claw a goal back after Kozilleo deflected a free-kick into his own net but Mermaid held strong for the three points.