|Saturday 24th February
NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
|Nunthorpe Athletic||1||V||4||Guisborough United|
|Yarm & Eaglescliffe||1||V||2||Boro Rangers|
|BEADS||4||V||5||Whitby Fishermens Society|
|Fishburn Park||0p||V||0||Redcar Town|
|Redcar Athletic Reserves||3||V||1||Grangetown Boys Club|
|Stockton West End||3||V||0||Redcar Newmarket|
|Thornaby Dubliners||5||V||0||Stokesley Sports Club Reserves|
|NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
|Loftus Athletic||2||V||1||Lingdale Village|
|New Marske Lakes United||3||V||1||Great Ayton United Royals|
|Sunday 25th February
NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE UNDER 19 DIVISION
|Coulby Newham||6||V||3||Hartlepool Pools Youth|
|Northallerton Town||1||V||10||Billingham Synthonia|
|Redcar Newmarket||3||V||4||Boro Rangers|
|NORTH RIDING UNDER 19 CUP SEMI-FINALS
|Guisborough Town||3||V||1||Nunthorpe Athleti|
Boro Rangers extended their advantage at the top of the North Riding Football League Premier Division after a narrow win at Yarm and Eaglescliffe, on Saturday. Ben Wheatley’s men struck through Paul Blake and skipper Nathan Liddell, Yarm reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, through Mike Mackin, but it wasn’t quite enough.
The other top tier tie saw Guisborough United enjoy a comfortable 4-1 victory at struggling Nunthorpe Athletic. Liam Fox, Morgan Corner, Lewis Minter and ex-Guisborough Town defender Paul Roddam struck for the visitors, with Tom Atkinson missing a penalty for Nunthorpe, though Scott Webb did net a consolation for the home side.
There were only two games in the First Division too. Fourth placed New Marske Lakes United got their promotion challenge back on track with a 3-1 victory over leaders Great Ayton United Royals. They now only trail United by six points, with two games in hand. After an even, goal-less first half, Lakes struck first, early in the second, when captain Robbie Farrier fired in Den Goldthorpe’s flick on. The visitors levelled, within six minutes, when Caleb White nodded home a 28-yard free-kick. After an offside call against them, New Marske regained the lead when Kieran Stares beat three men before finding the net. Then, with three minutes left, goalkeeper Dom Yeates’ long clearance was latched onto by Isam Benomran, who made no mistake, for 3-1.
Loftus Athletic triumphed 2-1 over neighbours Lingdale Village. Loftus took the lead through a direct corner from Luke Woodall, after 10 minutes, in a scrappy but end-to-end game. Lingdale equalised five minutes later through Ryan Peebles and it wasn’t until the 85th minute that 17-year-old man of the match Woodall sealed it, for the hosts, with a fine finish.
There was a full round of MacMillan Bowl action, including a number of upsets. A real nine-goal thriller saw Division One Whitby Fishermens Society crack in two goals in eight minutes to stun Premier Division BEADS. Goals from Karl Liley and Ashley McCarthy gave the Middlesbrough side an early advantage, in the opening 15 minutes, at Broadwell Road. Matty Wyke struck a third before the break, but Karl Storr’s hat-trick got the Fishermens level at 3-3. Wyke’s second regained BEADS the lead, before Sam Dowey and Owen Britton shocked the hosts late on.
First division Bedale also sprang an upset with a 4-1 thumping of top tier Staithes Athletic. Ross Hodgson struck yet another early goal for the home side, inside two minutes. Hodgson then doubled the promotion-chasers’ advantage, midway through the first half. He completed his hat-trick eleven minutes into the second period. Carl Flatters gave Athletic hope, just after the hour, but Callum Fletcher’s reply, seconds later, put the stamp on a terrific performance and 4-1 win.
Redcar Athletic Reserves were the third second-tier side to progress. Robbie McCarthy’s men notched through James Ascoughs, McCorie Carmichael and Sam Webster. Michael Pickles replied for premier division visitors, Grangetown Boys Club.