Just four matches were possible as the rain and snow returned to decimate another Saturday programme in the North Riding Football League.
The only NRFL Premier Division clash saw St Marys 1947 jump up to fourth spot after defeating Grangetown Boys Club, who remain in dire trouble, 8-3.
The match was switched to Yarm in midweek and St Marys perhaps profited as they raced into a 3-0 lead inside 14 minutes. Chris Norlund fired them in front on just four minutes, with Chris Peacock soon doubling their advantage. The Saints had three when Scott Close fired home. Ryan MacKey made it four, ten minutes before the interval. Two goals in four minutes, early in the second half, put the result beyond doubt as Paul Vaughan and Ben Cotts netted. Mark Ward pulled one back for Grangetown, with Anthony Barnes quickly making it 6-2. Cotts then answered with two in two minutes himself, to complete a hat-trick, before Ward completed the scoring, five minutes from time.
Half the line-up for the Lou Moore Trophy semi-finals were confirmed as the top tier’s form sides Boro Rangers and Stockton West End both progressed. League leaders Rangers defeated title rivals Fishburn Park 5-1. A one-sided encounter saw Matt McQueeney, Jamie Bellamy, Paul Blake, as well as Rob and Tom Keenan, find the net. The third-placed Whitby side replied through Jake Faichney.
West End also hit five at the expense of Yarm and Eaglescliffe. Ben Turner fired a four-goal salvo, with Carl Williams also on target for the Stockton outfit. Their visitors responded through Calum Stevens and Dom Wilson.
Lingdale Village won their all-First Division North Riding Challenge Cup semi-final with promotion-chasing Bedale. The East Cleveland side triumphed 2-1 thanks to strikes from Bri Combellack and Connor Gazzard. Dale pulled one back with a 92nd-minute Ross Hodgson penalty. Lingdale will take on Harrogate League Thirsk Falcons.
|Saturday 17th March
NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
|Grangetown Boys Club||3||V||8||St Marys 1947
(At Go Sport Conyers, Yarm)
|Staithes Athletic||P||V||P||Redcar Town|
|NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
|Stokesley Sports Club Reserves||P||V||P||Whitby Fishermens Society|
|LOU MOORE TROPHY QUARTER FINALS
|Boro Rangers||5||V||1||Fishburn Park|
|Nunthorpe Athletic||P||V||P||Guisborough United|
|Stockton West End||5||V||2||Yarm & Eaglescliffe|
|NORTH RIDING CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINAL
|Lingdale Village||2||V||1||AFC Bedale|
|D & G TROPHY
|New Marske Lakes United||P||V||P||Stokesley Sports Club AR|
|YORKSHIRE OLD BOYS SHIELD
|Sunday 18th March
NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE UNDER 19 DIVISION
|Guisborough Town||P||V||P||Redcar Newmarket|
|Hartlepool FC||P||V||P||Coulby Newham|
|Middleton Rangers||P||V||P||Northallerton Town|
|Thornaby||P||V||P||Hartlepool Pools Youth|
The North Riding Football League Premier Division- as of 17th March 2018