Second-placed Redcar Town ended leaders Boro Rangers’ run of 13 successive league victories, on Saturday, in the North Riding Football League Premier Division.
Town have now completed a double over their rivals, despite falling behind to Jamie Bellamy’s 26th-minute opener. They hit back before half-time as Ryan Maltby struck, within eleven minutes. Josh O’Donovan then won it, just after the hour, for Town, who remain four points behind Rangers, having played four games more.
Fishburn Park, in third, have played just one game more than the Middlesbrough outfit, but are still seven points behind, after losing a thriller at Grangetown. The hosts, who are fighting for their lives at the other end of the table, edged a classic, by four goals to three. Dean Jones, the in-form Mark Ward, Paul Jack and Jack Corner notched for the Boys Club, while their Whitby visitors replied through Nathan Storr’s brace and Joe Crowther’s goal.
A possible title contender now emerging is Stockton West End. They’re a point further back, in fourth, but hold a game in hand on Rangers. Their latest success was another closely-run clash, at Staithes Athletic. Michael McLaughlin, Josh Haley and Carl Williams were on target for West End. Ex-Whitby Town and Pickering striker Sam Calvert struck twice for Staithes.
The most free-scoring encounter saw Yarm and Eaglescliffe defeat Redcar Newmarket 6-4. It was more one-sided than the scoreline suggests as Yarm went 5-0 up through Dan Jones’ twin strikes, plus goals from Calum Stevens, Dom Wilson and Anthony Chisman. Newmarket replied through the prolific Michael Dowse, who notched twice, with Liam Jackson and an own goal also making things interesting, but Steve Johnson struck to spare any home blushes.
In the Lou Moore Trophy Quarter Finals, Thornaby Dubliners booked a trip to Stockton West End for a final spot. Dom Tiffany put hosts BEADS ahead midway through the first half, before two goals in five minutes, early in the second half, turned the match on its head. Harrison Davies and Gary Mitchell found the net to put Dubliners in front. But the scoring wasn’t over as Mark Sowerby levelled at 2-2, just after the hour. The resulting penalty shoot out saw Thornaby keep up their good cup form, this campaign, as they triumphed 6-5.
St Marys 1947 will host Boro Rangers in the MacMillan Bowl Quarter Finals after an emphatic last 16 success over First Division New Marske Lakes United. Ryan Mackey broke the deadlock inside five minutes, before Paul Vaughan doubled the visitors’ advantage, just after the half hour. With just 18 minutes left, the third arrived as Ryan Todd fired home. Kurtis Osborne made it four, within four minutes, with Tony Wilson doing likewise for the fifth.
First Division leaders Bedale showed why with a commanding win at Whitby Fishermens Society, in the D & G Trophy, to book a trip to rivals Redcar Athletic Reserves, in the semi-finals. It took until the 41st minute for the visitors to break the deadlock at the Mulgrave Sports Field. Dan Baxter was the man on target. The big breakthroughs arrived within seconds of each other, thanks to the impressive Ross Hodgson. The Dale star notched twice in as many minutes just after the restart to put the away side in control. Callum Dale pulled one back for the hosts, but Baxter’s second put the gloss on it, ten minutes from time.
In the NRFL First Division, Athletic Reserves stayed in touch with Dale in second after a 7-3 win over Loftus. Marcus Wood slammed in a hat-trick for Robbie McCarthy’s men, with Jake Lance hitting two. McCorie Carmichael and Joe McGlade also on target. The fifth-placed away side hit back through Jordan Rowe’s treble.
The other second-tier clash saw a Stokesley derby end all square. Stokesley Reserves’ Harley Clark opened the scoring, after eleven minutes and had further efforts disallowed before Joe Howe equalised late on for Stokesley Armstrong Richardson.
On Sunday, three NRFL Under 19 division ties went ahead. Thornaby moved above Kader and Coulby Newham to reach third spot. This was by virtue of a 5-2 victory over Hartlepool Pools Youth. Man of the match Joe Pickett was the hero for Thornaby with a hat-trick, with Daniel Basham and Kerrod Pounder replying for Pools. However, Thornaby subs Ethan Ward and Aaron McKenzie both found the net, to ensure a home win, late on.