Lealholm see off title contenders

For the second week running, Lealholm recorded a victory over one of the title contenders, this time Lingdale United, improving their position in the league and doing leaders Staithes a massive favour. United opened well and had a shot touched onto the post by the home keeper in the first five minutes.

Around the half hour, Lealholm stunned the visitors as they scored twice within a minute.

From a corner, Andrew Menzies rose to head home the opening goal and shortly afterwards a through ball by Duncan Marson found Mike Thompson who slid the ball beyond the keeper. For the rest of the half and most of the second half Lealholm defended well with the visitors unable to make their chances count. If it had not been for a couple of good saves by Chris Moor and some poor finishing, Lealholm could have been out of sight.

Joe Ferguson grabbed a late consolation goal for Lingdale when he fired past the home keeper. Lealholm denied Lingdale the chance to go back to the top of the table with two points separating the top five teams.

Stokesley Sports Club moved up to fourth as they defeated Boosbeck United in an entertaining game. The visitors took the lead when Dane Breckon fired home from 30 yards and just before half-time, the lead was doubled.

Boosbeck came out battling at the start of the second half and Rob Bennett reduced the deficit when he fired home from 20 yards. Stokesley came back and scored twice more before Chris Bulmer netted a consolation. Breckon scored a second for Stokesley with Stuart Wise also scoring twice.

This week’s fixtures see Lingdale United hoping to bounce back as they attempt to reach the final of the Scarborough Junior Cup as they take on Brooklyn Reserves while Staithes Athletic and Boosbeck United meet in the Eileen Hodgson Bowl.

In the league, Stokesley take on Loftus with the winners knowing they will go top. Lealholm go to Brotton RA, while Goldsborough are at Hollybush.

Great Ayton United take on Hinderwell in the league sponsors, UPVC Suppliers Knockout Cup.