Staithes on the rampage

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Staithes Athletic made it seven wins from seven and moved three points clear at the top of the Eskvale and Cleveland League as they maintained their 100% start to the season, beating Brotton Railway Arms 9-1.

After a cagey opening, Staithes took the lead when Ryan Gibson played Isaac Hart through to put the home side in front and Steve Starsmore scored a fine individual goal to extend the lead before the break.

Staithes celebrate another of their nine goals against Brotton RA'picture: Brian Murfield

Staithes celebrate another of their nine goals against Brotton RA'picture: Brian Murfield

The second half saw Staithes up their game and as they played the ball around well and kept possession, they overran the visitors who appeared to be chasing shadows.

The lead was extended to seven goals before Paul Agar scored a consolation for Brotton but the home side had the final word, scoring twice more for a comfortable victory. Gary Gilding scored twice with Starsmore getting a second while James Rice, Jordan Cane, Chris Harland and Danny Ward were the other Staithes scorers.

Stokesley Sports Club took on Goldsborough and it was the visitors who went into a shock lead when David Stuart scored. The home side battled their way back into the game and levelled just before half-time when Jimmy Grainge headed home from a corner.

With 20 minutes to go Stokesley brought on Stuart Wise and he changed the game as he scored two good goals to seal the points.

Jordan Kane (8) scored with a lob for Staithes'picture: Brian Murfield

Jordan Kane (8) scored with a lob for Staithes'picture: Brian Murfield

Hinderwell entertained Great Ayton in the first round of the League Challenge Cup and eased to a three-goal victory.

After an even start the home side took the lead when Andy Hall headed home at the back post on 20 minutes.

The lead was extended before half-time when Jamie Waters and Gary Marsay played a one-two with Marsay firing home the second goal.

Just beyond the hour, Danny Evans fired home a third goal from a free kick and this sealed victory for Hinderwell.

Staithes rise above the away defence to power in a header'picture: Brian Murfield

Staithes rise above the away defence to power in a header'picture: Brian Murfield

Lealholm played hosts to Loftus Athletic looking to atone for their league defeat earlier in the season.

The home side took the lead on six minutes when Mike Thompson got up after being brought down to fire home the penalty kick.

The lead was doubled in the 11th minute when Spencer’s floated free-kick was met by Dan Porter to fire home, although Ian Dixon pulled one back with a free-kick.

Lealholm just had the edge and Thompson crossed for Porter to score from close range to give Lealholm a two-goal half-time cushion.

Brotton try to break up a Staithes attack'picture: Brian Murfield

Brotton try to break up a Staithes attack'picture: Brian Murfield

The home side took control and extended their lead through Thompson and Houlgate before adding two more goals in three minutes near the end through Houlgate and Brown, who beat the offside trap to complete the scoring.