Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Take Spoils in Exciting Derby

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Take Spoils in Exciting Derby

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Byline: Adam Steel

Mighty Middlesbrough enhanced their promotion credentials and assumed derby bragging rights with a 16-11 defeat of neighbours Redcar.

Boro were second best in the early stages of an exciting clash but recovered to take the spoils at Acklam Park.

Mark Patterson nosed Redcar ahead from a penalty before Simon Moore levelled the scoring through another kick.

Patterson nudged Redcar back in front following another Boro infringement before Peter Wright crossed and Moore converted as the hosts led 10-6 at the break.

Jamie Connelly responded for Redcar with a well taken - but unconverted - try.

Ian Bircham then hit a drop-goal and penalty for a win that keeps Boro second in North 2 East, five points behind leaders Hull.

STOCKTON missed out on their travels as they went down 15-5 at West Hartlepool.

All of the scoring was done in the first half.

Phil Wallis put the home team in front through a penalty before converting a Peter Hodgson try.

Stockton reduced the deficit through a Braney try before Martin Todd added to West's tally with a dummied score on the stroke of half-time.

Stockton played with the wind in the second half but Jeremy Goode's 35-metre penalty miss was the closest they came to scoring.

Free-scoring BILLINGHAM are fourth in Durham and Northumberland One after mauling Ashington 45-29 at Greenwood Road.

Paul Shepherd weighed in with the home team's first try just minutes after kick-off, with Chris Ker adding the conversion.

Michael Evans bagged the first of his three tries soon afterwards and Ker slotted the extra points on each occasion.

Craig Shepherd grabbed another converted home try with the break looming.

Paul Shepherd and Adam Golightly both crossed for unconverted scores in the second half.

Seventh-placed ACKLAM made it a divisional double for Teesside thanks to their 26-10 home defeat of West Hartlepool TDSOB.

Acklam surged ahead when second row Atkin crashed over for an unconverted try. …

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