Staithes Athletic ease past St Mary's

Fishburn Park's Mikey Kilpatrick moves the ball on under pressure from a Stockton man
Fishburn Park's Mikey Kilpatrick moves the ball on under pressure from a Stockton man

Staithes Athletic sealed a 3-1 win on the road at St Mary’s Yarm in the Teesside League, despite playing much of the second half with 10 men.

Athletic led 1-0 at the break, Sam Calvert netting the only goal of the first half.

St Mary’s were then awarded a contentious penalty after the interval, Danny Harris blocking a striker and the referee pointed to the spot despite no players appealing for the decision.

The hosts duly slotted in from the spot to level up.

Staithes weren’t to be denied though and they soon regained the lead, Connor Hood firing in to put the away side 2-1 up.

Athletic were then reduced to 10 men as Ryan Gibson was given his marching orders by the referee.

This didn’t hamper the away side, and Calvert struck their third and wrapped up the scoring with five minutes left on the clock.

Ryan Peebles was awarded the man of the match award for the victors, who have one league game left, away at second-placed BEADS next Saturday.

Fishburn Park were turned over at home by Stockton West End in the R T Raine Trophy.

The hosts fell behind when goalkeeper Kieran Noble mis-judged a ball over the top and could only smash the ball against a visiting striker, who duly tapped into the empty net.

Park rallied and soon levelled up at 1-1, top-scorer Dan Brown out-muscling a Stockton defender and riflng past the visiting keeper.

It was soon 2-1 to Park as the keeper allowed Mikey Kilpatrick’s corner to fly straight into the back of his net.

Scores were level at half-time after another error from Park gloveman Noble, who was hesitant off his line and lobbed by Stockton’s number nine for the second time.

Park could’ve had the game dead and buried early in the second half, but Brown and Kilpatrick both missed superb chances for the hosts.

That came back to haunt them as Stockton scored in the 70th and 75th minutes to seal a 4-2 win.

Luke Storr was Park’s star man in defence.

Park will look to bounce back when they travel to Redcar Newmarket this week, again in the R T Raine Trophy.