Saturday 18th November
North Riding Football League Premier Division
BEADS 6 Staithes Athletic 2, Boro Rangers 3 Guisborough United 1, Fishburn Park 4 St Marys 3, Redcar Newmarket 2 Thornaby Dubliners 3, Redcar Town 1 Yarm & Eaglescliffe 2.
North Riding Football League First Division
Great Ayton Royals 1 New Marske Lakes United 1, Loftus Athletic 1 Bedale 7, Redcar Athletic Reserves 4 Stokesley SC Reserves 1, Whitby Fishermens 4 Lingdale Village 2.
Sunday 19th November
North Riding Football League Under 19 Division
Hartlepool FC 3 Middleton Rangers 1
North Riding FA Under 19 Cup Quarter Final
Redcar Newmarket 0 Polton Under 18s 3
By Andrew Snaith
It’s looking increasingly like a two-horse race at the top of the North Riding Football League Premier Division as just two points separate leaders Boro Rangers from second-placed Fishburn Park.
Rangers enjoyed a 3-1 success over fellow North Riding Senior Cup First Round proper rivals Guisborough United. Skipper Nathan Liddell, Stu Rose and Robbie Keenan notched for Rangers, with United replying through Niall Crawley.
Fishburn defeated St Marys 1947 in a seven-goal thriller. The Whitby side netted through Nathan Storr’s brace, Sam Richardson’s strike and Dan Brown’s goal. Mike Hilary and Ryan Mackey hit back for the away side, who also benefited from an own goal.
There was better news for the other Yarm side, Yarm and Eaglescliffe. They enjoyed a third straight victory after a 2-1 win at Redcar Town. Town led through Ryan Maltby, but Sean Mackin levelled just before the break and Daniel Ballantyne headed the winner, on the hour.
Staithes had enjoyed back-to-back victories going into their trip to BEADS. However, the Middlesbrough outfit were in devastating form with five goals in 21 minutes, early in the second half, making all the difference. Luke Bennington struck late in the first half, with Karl Liley and Lee Mahon quickly notching second half braces. Kyle Frost added a sixth, 20 minutes from time.
Thornaby Dubliners edged a five-goal affair, at Redcar Newmarket. Gary Mitchell, Charlie Raby and Russell Spence found the net for the Dubliners, with Andy Tullock on target twice for the hosts.
Only two points separate the leaders in the First Division too, though Bedale, in second, hold two games in hand, over Redcar Athletic Reserves.
Bedale battered Loftus Athletic 7-1, with the hosts 4-0 up inside 18 minutes. Wayne Thompson netted after ten minutes, with David Cooke doubling the visitors’ advantage within 60 seconds, before Ross Hodgson added a third, just two minutes later. Cooke made it four on 18 and completed his hat-trick, four minutes into the second half. Shaun Muir scored midway through the second period, for Loftus, but Hodgson’s second and a late own goal gave the scoreline a comfortable look.
Meanwhile, Athletic enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Stokesley Sports Club Reserves. Alex Anderson fired twice, with Luke Hartnett and Aaron Dale also scoring. Stokesley’s consolation came from Danny Calvert, with the visitors briefly level.
1-1 was fair enough as two more promotion hopefuls, Great Ayton United Royals and New Marske Lakes United battled to a draw. Both goals arrived in the second half and both had a slice of fortune. Ben Marshall’s 56th-minute effort deflected up and over the Royals keeper and under the crossbar, for 1-0 Lakes, but, 16 minutes later, an attempted goal-line clearance was diverted past his own keeper by an unlucky Lakes player.
Whitby Fishermens enjoyed a welcome home win over Lingdale Village at Lythe. Dan Brown and Sam Dowey’s strikes put the Fishermen two up at half-time. Ryan Braithwaite then extended their advantage, before the visitors brought themselves back into it at 3-2, but Paul Jobling found the top corner for a late winner.
In Sunday’s only game in the North Riding Under 19 Division, Hartlepool FC defeated bottom club Middleton Rangers, 3-1. Joe Carswell, Jake Turner and Adam Scott found the net for Pools, while Adam Lynas replied for Rangers. There was one match in the North Riding Under 19 Cup Quarter Finals, sadly NRFL Redcar Newmarket slipped out of the competition, 3-0, at home to Polton Under 18s.