Lealholm climb table in sole festive clash

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THE only fixture to take place over the festive season saw Lealholm travel to Staithes and secure a win to keep their interest in climbing the league table to pose a threat to the league leaders.

Staithes set off well and created some early pressure but found the Lealholm defence rock solid, and in no mood to give presents.

Lealholm gradually got into the game and were awarded a penalty on 27 minutes, when goal poacher Sam Crooks was fouled.

With no hesitation, Duncan Marson slotted home the spot-kick.

Staithes’ only reply on the visitors’ goal were two shouts for penalty decisions, both turned away by referee Andy Snowden.

Lealholm showed their willingness to stay in the championship race as they raised their game in the second half, moving quicker for the ball and stringing together a number of good passing moves.

One fine move resulted in Mike Thompson surging forward, collecting a return pass, skipping past four Staithes defenders and scoring a great individual goal.

Craig Marsay worked hard to for Staithes, to get a hold of the ball, but found the Lealholm players on top of their game, collecting another valuable away win.

Tom Raw was named man of the match for Lealholm, Craig Marsay for Staithes Athletic.

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