GRANGETOWN BOYS CLUB MOVE UP TO THIRD PLACE
The two semi-finals of the 1st Division Lou Moore Trophy were decided this weekend after the four quarter-finals were played to a conclusion, BEADS have earned themselves a home tie against local rivals Acklam Steelworks after they won 3-1 at Northallerton Town, Paul Crager with his first of the season gave BEADS a 10th minute lead, this remained the only goal of the first half, Craig Skelton and Karl Barry gave BEADS a 3-0 lead late in the second half before Nathan Oyston scored a late consolation, Acklam Steelworks fell behind to a Peter Boldison goal when they travelled to Thornaby Dubliners, but five minutes after the opening goal, Matthew McQueeney made it 1-1, nine minutes later McQueeney gave Acklam a 2-1 lead and with twenty minutes remaining McQueeney completed his hat trick to secure a semi-final place. Lingdale will entertain Whinney Banks YCC in the second semi-final after they won 4-1 at Redcar Newmarket, Ben Crooks gave Lingdale a 5th minute lead which was doubled by Kyle Crooks half an hour later to give Lingdale a 2-0 half time lead, ten minutes into the second half Michael Dowse brought it back to 2-1 but Gary Sivills gave Lingdale a 3-1 lead in the 70th minute before Ben Crooks with his second of the match made the tie safe at 4-1 in the last minute, Whinney Banks YCC go through to the semi-finals after drawing 1-1 with Nunthorpe Athletic, but winning 8-7 on penalties, Jordon Wilson gave Whinney Banks a 20th minute 1-0 lead, John Cairns made it 1-1 in the second half and despite pressure from both sides no further goals were scored sending the game into extra time where again no further goals were scored sending the game into a penalty kick out with Whinney Banks coming out on top.
Grangetown Boys Club took advantage of the clubs all around them being on cup duty to move up into 3rd place after a 7-2 victory at Hemlington Smithy, Darren Morrison gave the Boys Club a 1-0 lead, Connor Smith added a second before half time to make it 2-0, he then made it 3-0 before Dave Campbell pulled it back to 3-1, Smith completed his hat trick to make it 4-1, Dennis Alderson pulled it back to 4-2 but Josh Keogh made it 5-1 before Smith scored twice more to make it 7-2 with his 4th and 5th goal of the match. Fishburn Park took a 5th minute lead when they entertained Great Ayton United, Mark Waterfield on target, four minutes later Jericho Keys made it 2-0 and the same player made it 3-0 before half time, seven minutes into the second half Dean Wilson with the goal of the game gave Fishburn a 4-0 lead before Ashley Woodier scored a consolation for Great Ayton United. Richmond Mavericks fell behind to visitors North Ormesby when Steve Roberts scored after twenty-five minutes, ten minutes later Mark Jamieson pulled it back to 1-1 which remained the half time score, eight minutes into the second half Rueben Bainbridge gave the Mavericks a 2-1 lead but Jordan Allen then scored to make all square at 2-2 in the 70th minute, a minute later Steve Butterworth regained the Mavericks lead at 3-2 with Adam Emson making it 4-1 three minutes later and with eight minutes remaining Butterworth with his second of the match made it a final score of 5-2.
Second division leaders Thirsk Falcons increased their lead at the top to three points after they won 5-0 at Cargo Fleet with an opening goal from Dave Young and a brace from Chris Moores with Robert Fountain and Gareth Barber also on target, Stockton West End had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with New Marske after Stuart Poulter had given New Marske a 53rd minute lead, Ben Turner rescued a point with a goal in the 70th minute, Billingham Synthonia move back into fourth place after a 4-1 victory at Billingham Town, Ashley Lavan gave Synthonia a 5th minute lead, the same player doubled the lead to make it 2-0 at half time, a minute into the second half Shaun Laverick pulled it back to 2-1 but Dimitri Kehi gave Synthonia a 3-1 lead before Lavan completed his hat trick and the scoring with ten minutes remaining. Kader fell behind at basement club Billingham Athletic when Tom Hadlett scored in the 26th minute, Simon Hide pulled it back to 1-1 ten minutes before half time and Andy Cole then gave Kader a 2-1 half time, on the hour Lewis Cole gave Kader a 3-1 lead before the third Cole brother Steven, joined his brothers on the score sheet when he made it a final score of 4-1.
In the North Riding Challenge Cup Loftus Athletic came from behind before beating Eskvale & Cleveland League side Great Ayton United 2-1, Stuart Oswald scored to make it 1-1 with Matthew Griffin scoring the winner, Guisborough Globe had most of the play and plenty of opportunities when they entertained Whitby Fishermans, Gary Round gave the Globe the lead, but the Whitby side pulled it back to 1-1, Round missed a penalty and was guilty of missing a number of chances so the game went into a penalty shootout which the Globe won 3-2, St Marys College joined Loftus, Guisborough Globe and last week’s winners Richmond Town Reserves in the next round in February after a 5-0 victory at Leyburn United, Carl Ingoe gave St Mary’s a second minute lead, this remained the only goal of the game until on the hour Ryan Mackey made it 2-0, Ben Cotts made it 3-0 ten minutes later with Mackey making 4-0 with his second of the match in the 75th minute before Guido Battista made it a final score of 5-0 with eight minutes remaining.