Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Second Win Lifts Boro Away from the Danger Zone

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Second Win Lifts Boro Away from the Danger Zone

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Byline: Rugby Round-up By Andrew Wilkinson

At last! Middlesbrough can enjoy Christmas after their long overdue second win of the campaign.

And, as a bonus, their 29-25 victory over Birkenhead Park at Acklam Park lifted Boro out of the North Division One relegation zone.

While a lot of hard work lies ahead if the side is to climb the table, this victory will give their confidence a massive boost.

After losing several games by a narrow margin, this time it was the opposition who were left reflecting on what might have been.

Boro did the damage towards the end of the first half when they stormed back from 10-5 down to lead 26-10 at the break.

Winger Andy Micklewright put the home aside ahead with a fifth-minute try, but shortly after the midway point in the half, they were 10-5 down.

But the Boro pack then started to dominate, and Richard McRae levelled the scores, Simon Moore converting to put Boro back in front.

Neil Parkin scored a third try for the home side, and Moore was on target again, as he was when Ian Bradford scored just before half-time.

The Merseysiders fought their way back into it, Boro adding just a single penalty in the second half.

It was scored by Neil Baggett after Moore went off injured. A late Birkenhead try gave Boro an anxious last few minutes.

After previous defeats they must have feared the worst, but dogged defending enabled them to protect the lead.

Stockton fought back in spectacular fashion to snatch a 20-20 draw at home to Alnwick, after being 17 points behind with just ten minutes left.

A Jeremy Good penalty was all Stockton had to show for their first-half efforts, Stockton trailing 13-3 at the break.

When Alnwick added a converted try, it looked all over, before a determined rally from the hosts.

Mattie Oates scored under the posts, Good converting. …

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