Redcar Town remain top of the North Riding Football League Premier Division after a 4-2 victory at Grangetown Boys Club.
Lewis Calvert and Dean Jones netted for the hosts, but Clark Reader bagged a brace for the leaders, with skipper Nico Weatherald netting from the penalty spot. Stu Poulter put the result beyond doubt as Town remain unbeaten.
Second-placed Boro Rangers netted four without reply, at depleted bottom club Staithes Athletic. A Stuart Rose goal midway through the first half separated the teams at half time. Two quick goals then from Man of the Match Jack Guy within 10 minutes of the break, settled the game. Substitute Tom Keenan was sent off on 77 minutes for Rangers, but a Jamie Bellamy goal in the closing moments wrapped up the points for the in-form visitors.
Fishburn Park, in third, lost their 100% record as they were held 2-2 by BEADS. Dan Chapman and Dan Lofts netted early in the second half for the Marton Road side, with Sam Richardson and Jake Faichney replying for the Whitby hosts.
St Marys 1947 go joint fourth on points after Mike Hillary, in-form marksman Chris Peacock and an own goal helped the Yarm side to a 3-1 victory over Thornaby Dubliners, who notched through Gareth Licence.
The other Premier Division encounter saw Nunthorpe Athletic hold off fellow strugglers Yarm & Eaglescliffe to claim their first win of the season. A five goal thriller saw Tom Atkinson keep up his impressive record in a tough start to the season, with a brace. Josh Blakely also netted. Yarm replied through Sean Mackin’s brace.
In Division One, leaders Redcar Athletic were held in an impressive eight-goal encounter. Lakes went ahead through Luke Nicholson who calmly fired home from 12 yards. United carried on the momentum and Nicholson turned provider to set up Blue Addison for 2-0, midway through the first half.
Redcar rallied however and McCorie Carmichael reduced the arrears before the interval. The hosts then deservedly levelled when Marcus Wood slammed a penalty into the roof of the net, early in the second half. Carmichael turned the match on its head at 3-2 Redcar and it looked all over when Aaron Dale made it four after a neat move. However, Kieran Stares’ piledriver, six minutes from time, gave the visitors hope at 4-3, with Nicholson then forcing home a late equaliser for 4-4!
The only other First Division clash saw Great Ayton Royals go level on points with second-placed Bedale, cutting Redcar’s lead to four points with a 2-0 victory. Another in-form hotshot Ben Beilby scored both goals.
In the cups, Premier Division Redcar Newmarket eased to a 9-0 win in the Yorkshire Old Boys Shield. Michael Dowse hit four, Andy Tullock, Lee Jefferson, Jamie Graham, Dan McAuley and Kenny Walker completed the scoring against Easington United.
Stockton West End also enjoyed a comfortable win in the same competition. Carl Williams fired two, with Josh Haley, Jake Large, Ben Turner and Sean O’Brien also on target as they beat Prospect FC 6-2.
Both North Riding First Division sides advanced in the Scarborough Junior Cup. Loftus Athletic brushed aside Beckett League Rosedale United 5-1. Jordan Rowe, Robbie Jones, Chris Lindsey, Cal Brundle and Steve Starsmore were on target for the East Cleveland outfit. Whitby Fishermens defeated another Beckett top tier side, Kirkdale United, 6-1. Sam Dowey hit four, with Jord Purvis and Karl Storr also on target for Mark Storr’s men.
Billingham Town Reserves pulled off the upset of the weekend, however. The plucky North Riding Premier boys enjoyed a 2-1 win at Darlington’s second string. Curtis Dunn put Billy Town ahead inside three minutes and they promptly doubled their advantage, on the half hour, through Scott Close. Tom Harrison had the chance to make it three, early in the second half, but missed his spot kick. An own goal pulled one back for the Quakers, but the visitors held out for a famous win. Darlo had James Beauchamp sent off with ten minutes left, while the Blues were reduced to ten themselves, two minutes from time, when Dave Totty got his marching orders.
Guisborough Town remain top of the Under 19s League after their latest convincing victory. The Priorymen defeated Pools Youth 7-0 thanks to five goals from Owen Armstrong and a James Dunn brace.
Boro Rangers stay level on points in second after a 4-1 victory at previously-unbeaten Kader. Rangers raced into a two-goal lead through Isaac Walker’s brace, before Jake Selby netted a third. Oliver Sidgwick pulled one back, just before half-time, but Walker completed his hat-trick, after the interval.
Thornaby are third after a 9-1 thumping of Billingham Synthonia. Joe Pickett and Joe Barker both hammered hat-tricks, with Dom Tiffany, Lewis Heap and Kieran Mulroy also on target. Synners notched through Callum Daniels.
It was Coulby Newham who powered to the biggest win of the day, as Middleton Rangers were demolished 13-3. Alex Clark hit five, Joe Searby fired a treble, Josh Millington, Adam Robinson, Lee Riley, Aaron Smith and Kaleb Yohans gave Coulby a comfortable win against visitors who never gave up. Zac Taylor netted twice for Rangers, with Dale Mangoye firing their third.
Richmond Town won this battle of the mid-table sides, despite going behind early on to Redcar Newmarket. Sam Johnson nipped in to intercept a short backpass and beat stranded goalkeeper Mark Walker. Joe Shields levelled midway through the half with a spectacular 25-yard left-foot volley off the underside of the crossbar. Shields turned things around with a deflected free-kick. Just before the break, Gary Walker beat one defender before sliding home low for 3-1. Walker completed his brace, 15 minutes from time when he headed in Matthew Turnbull’s free-kick.
Northallerton’s scheduled clash with Hartlepool FC was postponed due to Pools being unable to raise a side.