Lealholm closing in on top three

LEALHOLM made the trip to Stokesley, seeking to keep their winning run intact and close in on a top three place in the league.

Stokesley got off to a good start, hitting a post in the opening minutes.

After five minutes, Lealholm took the lead when Duncan Marson collected the ball outside the penalty area and ran at the Stokesley defence, placing his shot under the keeper.

Both sides were working hard to take command of the game in the first half, but few chances were created.

Stokesley seemed to have the edge with balls play along the aerial route winning most headers from free-kicks and corners and from a set piece in the closing minutes of the half, Martin Nelson rose to outjump the Lealholm defence to score.

In the second half, the game continued to be to be even until the 60th minute but then a double strike from prolific scorer Sam Crooks changed the game, both individual efforts,

Crooks ran at the Stokesley defence and was allowed to weave his way to goal, scoring his first from a central position.

His second three minutes later was a run down the right wing, cutting inside to hit a great shot past the Stokesley keeper. Stokesley had a glimmer of hope to get back into the game when Nelson his second, only for Lealholm to add a fourth goal minutes later through Dan Porter.

In the closing minutes, Marson won the ball and played a great pass to Tom Gale, who took the ball forward and placed his shot neatly past the Stokesley keeper, to comfortably win the game.

Stokesley 2 Lealholm 5