Four-midable Lealholm end year in style

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There was a reduced Eskvale and Cleveland League programme in the run-up to Christmas, with only five goals scored in the three games played.

Lealholm scored four of those goals as they beat Goldsborough United to move further away from the foot of the table.

In an even first half it was just beyond the half hour mark when the home side took the lead. A visiting defender went for the ball and misjudged it under pressure and Mark Waterfield scored the opener.

At the start of the second half, Phil Brown was put through and he took a couple of touches before firing home with his left foot.

The visitors continued to battle but the game was sealed around the hour when the home side scored twice in two minutes.

Firstly a Waterfield shot was deflected off Nathan Gibson to give Lealholm a third goal and shortly afterwards Matthew Towey beat a couple of players and cut inside and firing past the keeper but his shot hit the post but was followed up by Waterfield to score the final goal.

Boosbeck United entertained Brotton Railway Arms and in a tight game with few chances the game reached the interval goalless.

The game followed the same pattern in the second half with plenty of good football from both teams in the middle of the park but few efforts on target.

The deadlock was broken with 15 minutes to go as Rob Bennett scored the only goal as Boosbeck moved up to fourth in the table.

In the other game, leaders Staithes Athletic hosted third placed Loftus Athletic.

The home side struggled in the first half as Loftus had the better of the game, although Starsmore surprisingly missed a good opportunity.

But in the second half, the home keeper was injured and they had to change things around a little and made a couple of substitutions which appeared to wake them from their slumber.

Staithes enjoyed the better of the play in the second period but Loftus defended well and honours ended even with both sides unable to trouble the score sheet.

The result leaves the top three teams separated by just two points. Staithes are top with 26 points from their 10 games.