Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Eagles Have Landed a Victory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Eagles Have Landed a Victory

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Byline: John Himsworth Golf Round-up

Eaglescliffe took advantage of Seaton Carew's free week to surge to the top of the Teesside Union with a record-breaking victory.

The Eagles descended on Castle Eden and flew through the card unbeaten.

Eaglescliffe's scratch section recorded four wins through Julian Wynn, Ryan Riley, Andrew Hutton and Euan Waller, with Patrick Scott and Roland Todd clawing their way back to halve their games with Jeff Dickinson and L Hammond respectively and end the scratch section 10-2 up.

Their handicap players were even more dominant, as only Denis Chaytor gained a point for Castle Eden in his halved game with Guy Henderson as the visitors ended the match 21-3 winners, three points more than the league's previous best away result, enabling the Eagles to climb two places from third and stand eight points clear of Seaton Carew, the leaders at the start of the night.

Champions Bishop Auckland went to Darlington hoping to maintain their defence of the title, but were up against a team intent on securing their status in the top flight.

And it was Darlington who came out on top, effectively ending Bishop Auckland's hopes of retaining their crown, while increasing their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Jamie Birkbeck's recent good form continued as he overcame Danny Leighton and one of the Bishop's other in-form players, Daniel Simpson, also won, but the Darlington players came back winning three of the other four games through Geoff Charlton, Peter Manson and Pip Whitehead for a 7-5 lead.

Bishops could only manage a single win through John Peart in the handicap section as the home players, led by Simon Jones, won the other five games for a 10-2 handicap section points score and a 17-7 match scoreline, a result that moved Darlington over Castle Eden and to within a single point of Saltburn.

Two other championship contenders, Saltburn and Cleveland, came together at Saltburn in a match that ended in victory for the home side, but in a score that was more to Cleveland's liking.

Both sections were won by Saltburn, each in similar fashion and both by the narrowest of margins.

Two ever-present players for Cleveland, Jason Jones and Andy Crapper, won their games in the scratch section, but with Andy Birkbeck holding Tom Coulson to a half and wins for Michael Tucker, Tony Henderson and Jim Kane, the scratch points went 7-5 to Saltburn.

The home side also took the handicap points 7-5 with wins from Paul Conyard in his debut game this season, Ian Coombs and Richard Morris, together with a point from the halved game between Colin Gray and Andy Robinson, Cleveland's wins coming from John Goody and Stephen Croce.

Saltburn won 14-10, but effectively lost ground in the championship, which now looks as though it will be decided by the top three teams. …

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