Saturday 10th February


F1 Racing  1 V  7 Boro Rangers
Thornaby Dubliners 0 V  6 Old Malton St Marys
BEADS  3 V  4 Fishburn Park
Grangetown Boys Club  2 V  1 Staithes Athletic
Nunthorpe Athletic  1 V  4 Redcar Town
Stockton West End  4 V  0 St Marys 1947


Colton Athletic  0 V  5 Redcar Newmarket
Lingdale Village P V P Stokesley Sports Club Armstrong Richardson
New Marske Lakes United  P V  P Bedale
Redcar Athletic Reserves  P V  P Whitby Fishermens
Stokesley Sports Club Reserves  12 V  1 Middlesbrough & Teesside Sports Academy
Redcar Town and Fishburn Park continue their North Riding Football League title challenge, with two different sorts of victory, on Saturday.
Second-placed Town, who cut Boro Rangers’ lead to four points, but have played two games more, enjoyed a one-sided victory at bottom club Nunthorpe Athletic. Clark Reader broke the deadlock, midway through the first half and Stu Poulter quickly doubled Redcar’s advantage, six minutes before the interval. However, Dan Ball’s strike gave the hosts hope going into the break. But the visitors crushed any hopes of a fightback when Andy Porritt scored, within nine minutes of the restart and Chris Jackson fired a fourth, after the hour.
Fishburn are a point further back, in third. They had a tougher time, at Middlesbrough side, BEADS, but secured a dramatic 4-3 victory. Charlie Teasdale struck twice for the home side with Lee Mahon also on target, however the Whitby outfit replied through Alex McGovern, on the stroke of half-time, Callum Halley’s fifth-minute opener and second half goals from Jake Faichney and joint player-manager Mark Waterfield.
Stockton West End may also think they’re in with a chance. They hold four games in hand on Rangers, after just three league defeats, this season. They were never in danger of suffering a fourth, at home to St Marys 1947. Carl Williams and Ben Turner both blasted braces in a comfortable 4-0 win.
The day’s other NRFL Premier Division clash saw Grangetown Boys Club leapfrog rivals Thornaby Dubliners and keep the pressure on opponents Staithes Athletic after a hard-fought 2-1 success. Dean Jones and Lee Dooley did the business for the Boys Club, while Carl Flatters scored for Staithes.
Boro Rangers took a day off from league action as they booked a place in the North Riding County Cup Final in emphatic style. Ben Wheatley’s men thumped F1 Racing of the York Premier, 7-1. Stu Rose bagged four, with Matty McQueeney, Jack Guy and skipper Nathan Liddell also finding the net.
Unfortunately it won’t be an all NRFL final as Thornaby Dubliners lost out 6-0 to Old Malton St Marys, in a match quickly rearranged to the York League side’s HQ, after the Dubliners’ home ground failed a morning pitch inspection.
Another top tier team who progressed in the cup competitions was Redcar Newmarket. They enjoyed a 5-0 Yorkshire Old Boys Shield quarter final win at Colton Athletic. Leading scorer Michael Dowse netted twice to move to 19 goals so far this season, with Jamie Graham, Craig Skelton and Leon Bellerby ensuring a nap hand and a place in the semi-finals.
The only First Division clash yielded enough goals for a full programme as Stokesley Sports Club Reserves hammered bottom side Middlesbrough and Teesside Sports Academy, 12-1. It was 6-0 inside half an hour, when the visitors acquired their ninth man, as James Brodie-Myers and Ryan Bangay banged in braces, with John Cairns and Brad Wheatley also striking. The visitors pulled one back, through Ryan Bligh, before half time, but the Stokesley show resumed after the break when Charlie Brady struck a 27th-minute hat-trick and Brodie-Myers completed his treble. Kaleb Yohans grabbed his second in as many games before Sam Pears celebrated his return from injury with the hosts’ 12th goal.

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