|Stockton West End have taken their title challenge to the last fortnight of the season after a narrow win at Fishburn Park. However, second-placed Boro Rangers will already be champions before the top two meet next weekend, should they take a win and a draw from their back-to-back midweek games.
Their opponents on Wednesday are St Marys 1947 who enjoyed a thumping 4-1 win over Redcar Newmarket. Ryan Hodgson netted for Newmarket, but twin strikes from Ryan Mackey, plus additional goals from Ryan Todd and Chris Peacock saw the Yarm side home.
In Division One, Bedale are champions after a 4-1 victory at rivals Redcar Athletic Reserves. Alex Anderson had headed Redcar in front on the half hour only for Dan Baxter to level on the stroke of half time. The second half was a more one-sided affair as Dale took control. Wayne Thompson put them in front, just seven minutes after the restart, with Ross Hodgson making it three and youngster Saul Bamber Lister completing the scoring.
The battle for second looks more interesting as Great Ayton slipped up at home to Lingdale Village. The Villagers fired five with braces for Ste Combellack and Mike Willians, as well as Connor Gazzard’s goal. The Royals’ replies both came through Ben Bielby.
Sunday was dominated by the success of our North Riding Football League Representative side who took the FA Inter-League Cup at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United.
Scott Nicholas put opponents, the York League ahead on 18 minutes, but Anton Buchan’s low drive levelled just after the half hour. The NRFL grew into the game as it wore on and took the lead for the first time when Matty McQueeney’s brilliant slalom run but one on a plate for Stu Rose to sweep home. However, York skipper Chris Dyson brilliantly lobbed Paddy Pasani from the right angle and they nearly led moments later when another Dyson effort bounced down off the bar and on thegoal-line, before being cleared. The NRFL took advantage and this time it was Rose teeing up McQueeney for 3-2, 19 minutes from time. Then late in eight minutes of added time, McQueeney was on hand to turn home the winner after York keeper Mike Clancy had parried. The NRFL lads will go on to represent England in the UEFA Nations Cup, in Slovakia, this Autumn.
There was one match in the NRFL Under 19 Division, where Kader and Redcar Newmarket fought out a 0-0 draw.