Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Storr Saves the Day in Ding-Dong Derby Battle

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Storr Saves the Day in Ding-Dong Derby Battle

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Byline: Anthony Vickers

Frontman Richie Storr ended up between the sticks in a ding-dong top flight derby 2-2 draw at Thornaby.

The Thornaby striker-turned-shot-stopper became the fifth man to wear the jersey in four games after debutant keeper Adrian Swan was shown the red card.

Swan charged out of his box on to a stray back pass on 67 minutes and wiped out Marske's former Thornaby striker Dave Lawson.

Stand-in Storr's first touch was to pick the ball out of the net as Dean McGee fired the resulting free kick against the wall then drilled the rebound low through the crowd and past the stranded keeper for a leveller.

But Storr showed his mettle five minutes from time as he got down bravely to smother a point-blank Lawson effort after a furious scramble.

The share of the spoils was a fair result in a lively mid-table Teesside derby clash with plenty of action in both boxes.

Thornaby went ahead on 29 minutes as a corner from Micky Ward - who switched sides just a fortnight ago - was slammed against the post by Jamie Clarke and Steve Boyle popped up to stab it home.

Marske levelled early in the second half as Michael Kinnair pumped a free kick into the box and substitute Andrew Watts headed home.

Thornaby were back in front on the hour as lively Newton Boyce sent Jamie Clarke storming forward to beat the offside flag and slot calmly past the advancing keeper.

Then Marske levelled but despite the extra man and some good pressure in the closing spell they could not beat the stop-gap keeper again.

Billingham Town stopped the rot after two defeats with a 1-1 draw at Tow Law.

Town had the best of the first half and debutant Shaun Howes and George Woodhouse both went close to snatching the opener.

Town finally broke through on 65 minutes as Steve Bell floated a long ball into the area and Carl Chillingsworth bravely went 50/50 with the keeper to stab home.

Tow Law levelled ten minutes from time as Rochester headed home a cross then Howes had a golden chance to sneak it at the death only to poke his shot just wide.

Second division strugglers Norton were dumped back on the bottom after going down 2-0 at home to former basement boys Whickham.

A tight game swung the visitors way after a penalty and they sealed it late on.

Northallerton Town stopped the rot as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Alnwick. …

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