Boro Rangers went within five points from the league title after a big away win and rivals Stockton West End’s dramatic defeat, on Wednesday night.
Rangers thumped Redcar Newmarket 9-0 thanks to Jonny Squires’ hat-trick and braces from Stu Rose and Robbie Keenan. Goals from Stu Rose and Nathan Liddell sealed an emphatic success.
West End, meanwhile, lost a potentially pivotal five-goal thriller at nearby Thornaby Dubliners. Ben Turner and Jake Large notched for the NRFL Premier’s second-placed side but Dubs are now all but safe after strikes from Russ Spence, Paul Barker and James Tattersfield.
There was also plenty of goals as BEADS and Nunthorpe fought out a 3-3 draw. The Middlesbrough side raced into a 2-0 lead with Kyle Frost and Michael Shellard on target. Stuart Browne reduced the arrears, after the break, only for Charlie Teasdale to make it 3-1. However, Athletic rallied to keep their survival hopes as Anthony Able made it 3-2 and Stephen Jones netted in the last minute for 3-3.
The sole First Division clash, at Whitby Fishermens, saw visitors Bedale go within a point of the title. Ross Hodgson put the leaders ahead, on 20 minues, after good work from Wayne Thompson, but Dan Brown’s close range finish from a corner in first half injury time pulled the sides level. Dave Welham’s spectacular 40-yard free-kick then turned the match on its head with the Lythe-based side ahead. But the lead lasted just two minutes as Dan Baxter converted Joe Martin’s pass and moments later, Baxter put Bedale back in front, at 3-2, from Callum Fletcher’s through ball. He completed his hat-trick, with 18 minutes remaining and added a fourth and Bedale’s fifth, late on after winning the ball high up the field.
Monday’s action saw Stockton West End go top for the first time this season.
West End defeated BEADS 4-2 thanks to braces from Jake Large and Ben Turner. Their Middlesbrough visitors replied through Matty Wyke and Rob O’Connor.
Boro Rangers’ postponement at Guisborough United enabled the switch at the top- Stockton have played two more games than their rivals.
The night’s other action saw Thornaby Dubliners edge past Yarm & Eaglescliffe to leapfrog Staithes into third bottom. Marcus Laing and Chris Burton struck for Dubs, with goalkeeper Paddy Pisani’s own goal giving Yarm some hope.
NRFL Premier Division Table (correct at 2nd May)
NRFL First Division Table (correct at 2nd May)
|Tuesday 1st May
NORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE UNDER 19 DIVISION
|Hartlepool Pools Youth||0||V||9||Guisborough Town|
|Northallerton Town||13||V||2||Middleton Rangers|
|Thursday 3rd MayNORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE UNDER 19 DIVISION
|Hartlepool FC||P||V||P||Northallerton Town|
|Middleton Rangers||2||V||16||Guisborough Town|
|Friday 4th MayNORTH RIDING FOOTBALL LEAGUE UNDER 19 DIVISION
|Redcar Newmarket||2||V||5||Northallerton Town|
Tuesday’s action saw Guisborough Town increase their lead at the top of the North Riding Under 19 division after dishing out a 9-0 drubbing.
The Priorymen enjoyed a comfortable victory at Hartlepool FC. James Dunn hit a hat-trick, with Ben Bielby bagging a brace. Also on target were Owen Armstrong, Louis Hodgson, Dony Holdsworth and John Howard.
Northallerton Town were also comfortable winners, defeating bottom club Middleton Rangers 13-2. Goals came from Saul Bamber Lister, who struck a double hat-trick, Jack Stapley, with four of his own, plus additional efforts from Will Marriott, Sam Tosh and Ethan Donachie.
Thursday saw Guisborough go 11 points clear at the top and surely cement the title. They put 16 past bottom club Middleton Rangers. Owen Armstrong powered in a double hat-trick, John Howard fired five, Isaac Carlucci four, with James Dunn also on target. Zac Taylor and Alex Johnson netted for Rangers.
Elsewhere, Kader and Coulby Newham fought out a 3-3 draw as the battle for second placed stayed live. Jake Coleman hit a brace with Robert Clark also scoring for Kader, however it was Alex Clark’s crucial goal that sealed a point for Coulby, after Joe Searby and Lee Riley had earlier notched for Newham.
Friday’s game saw Northallerton’s good form continue as they moved out of the bottom three. Jack Stapley and Saul Bamber Lister both scored twice, with Jake McNaughton also doing the business for Town. Newmarket notched through Leon Bellerby and Joe Cox.
Correct at 4/5/18: