By Andrew Snaith
Boro Rangers are the new leaders of the North Riding Football League Premier Division after a crushing 10-3 victory at Billingham Town Reserves. Matt McQueeney and Stu Rose both blasted hat-tricks, with Joel Guy, Jonny Squires, Jamie Bellamy and Nathan Liddle also on target for Rangers. Aaron Doyle, Luke Larkin and Tom Harrison replied for Town.
Third-placed Fishburn Park did their bit too, the Whitby outfit are now the only unbeaten side in the division, after a hard-fought victory at previous pacesetters Redcar Town. Andy Park’s side notched through Mikey Kilpatrick to close to mere goal difference behind their opponents.
Staithes Athletic are off the bottom of the league after twice coming from behind in their first victory of the season, in a five-goal thriller with Nunthorpe. Tom Atkinson gave Nunthorpe an early lead on seven minutes, only for James Armstrong to equalise on 25 minutes from a Jake Thompson cross. Atkinson restored Nunthorpe’s lead just before the break to make it 2-1. However, Staithes started the second half stronger and an excellent free kick from Carl Flatters for 2-2 and Flatters then decided the game, with his second, ten minutes from time.
Yarm and Eaglescliffe drop to the basement despite an encouraging 2-2 draw at title-chasing Redcar Newmarket. Michael Dowse netted a Newmarket brace, but Anthony Brown’s goal and Calum Stevens’ late equaliser earned Yarm a point.
Across Yarm, St Marys 1947 benefited from their neighbours’ efforts as they leapfrogged Newmarket to go fourth. Another 3-1 home win, this time over Grangetown Boys Club, did the trick for the Saints. Chris Peacock, Kurtis Osborne and sub Ryan Todd netted, while Ryan Thompson notched for the visitors.
Third-bottom Thornaby Dubliners will be looking over their shoulders after a 2-1 defeat at league new boys Guisborough United. Dean Wilson and Lewis Reeve were the heroes for United, cancelling out Anton Buchan’s goal for the Dubliners.
The only game in the North Riding First Division saw Loftus Athletic sweep aside Stokesley Armstrong Richardson. Jordan Rowe netted a brace, with Cal Brundle and Steve Starsmore also notching for Athletic, who are now up to fourth. Michael Gill scored for AR. Teesside University were unable to field a side at Bedale and have since resigned from the league.
In the North Riding Saturday Challenge Cup, Middlesbrough and Teesside SA lost out 6-1 at home to Beckett League Division One Lealholm. Michael Duff scored the goal of the game for Sports Academy, but they were already 5-0 down by half-time after a poor first period.
Lingdale Village had better luck against a side from the same division. They beat another Beckett League top tier side Rosedale 7-0.
Elsewhere, First Division leaders Redcar Athletic gave Carperby Rovers a footballing lesson, winning 9-0. Luke Hartnett bagged a treble with McCorie Carmichael and James Ascoughs firing braces. Aaron Dale and Alex Anderson also scored.
Whitby Fishermens went one better, bringing up double figures at home to Spennithorne and Harmby. Mark Storr’s men dished out a 10-0 drubbing at Lythe. Sam Dowey slammed in four, Phil Spencer struck a brace, with Karl Storr, Jordan Purvis, Lewis Peel and Dan Brown all on target.
In an all-First Division affair, New Marske Lakes United got the better of Stokesley Reserves. Two strong defences ensured a blank scoresheet at the break. The second half saw the visitors create several chances and New Marske struck after some lovely play enabled Luke Nicholson to convert Blue Addison’s through ball on 55 minutes. With 15 minutes left, Lewis Upton assisted this time for Nicholson to calmly slot home for 2-0. A terrific save denied Nicholson his hat-trick, however, from the penalty spot. The away side singled out Peter Passman, Lewis Gledhill, Dean Goldthorpe, Joe Canwell and half time sub Joe Fenwick for praise.
Stockton West End blasted Hebburn Reyrolle 7-0 in the Durham County Minor Cup. John Leyshon, Jake Large, Elliott May, Sean O’Brien and a Ben Turner hat-trick separated the sides.
The Under 19s Division is as you were at the top, but both of the top two had to scrap for their points, this past Sunday.
Bottom club Middleton Rangers have conceded double figures in four of their last five games, but they pushed league leaders Guisborough Town all the way in a five-goal thriller. Dale Mangoye and Kai Carty notched for Rangers, but the Priorymen squeezed home with Owen Armstrong, Louis Hodgson and James Dunn on target.
Second-placed Boro Rangers defeated Redcar Newmarket by the odd goal in seven. In-form Isaac Walker struck twice, with Joseph Jones and Jacob Selby also on target for Rangers. Newmarket replied through Leon Bellerby’s brace and Sam Johnson’s strike.
Thornaby are third after a 4-1 victory at Richmond Town, who notched through Nathan Simpson’s free-kick. Joe Pickett netted twice, Sam Candlin and Dylan Barker scored for the County Durham victors.
Kader kept up their good start to the season with a 5-1 victory over Hartlepool Youth. Rob Clark’s four goals and Ryan Blades’ solo strike made the difference for the Middlesbrough side. Kerrod Pounder grabbed a consolation for Pools.
Billingham Synthonia and Northallerton Town shared eight goals, with Town coming out on top. Matthew Ashworth, Callum Daniels and Ryan Nicholson all found the net for Synners, with Joe Vickers, Will Marriott, Jack Stapley, with two, and Joshua Mosley scored to secure victory for ‘allerton. Hartlepool FC were unable to raise a side against Coulby Newham.