Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Mining a Rich Seam; HATHAWAY AND COPE STOKESLEY LEAGUE Local Football

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Mining a Rich Seam; HATHAWAY AND COPE STOKESLEY LEAGUE Local Football

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NEW boys The Miners got off to a flying start when they opened their Stokesley League programme with a good win over North Skelton Bull's Head.

Bulls found themselves under pressure from the off with keeper Johnny Hart being called upon twice in the opening minutes to deny the Miners good goalscoring opportunities while, at the other end, a Bulls attack saw the ball drifting just wide of the upright.

Midway through the first half the Miners' pressure finally paid dividends when a cross from Terry Strange found Peter Renton who laid the ball into the path of Lee McQuillen and he powered it home from 20 yards.

Minutes later it was 2-0 with Renton once again the provider, this time for Gary Naylor, who swept the ball home from ten yards.

The early stages of the second period saw Bulls twice going close but ten minutes into the half they conceded a free-kick which Renton curled into the area for Naylor to score with a low header.

Bulls battled hard to get back into the game with a shot from Shaun Oldfield beating Matthew Gamble in the Miners goal only to see the ball go wide.

The Miners increased their lead on the hour when Naylor and Renton combined to put Steve Hutchinson in on goal.

And they made it five when Alex Davies followed up after a 20-yard effort from McQuillen had come back off the crossbar.

Almost from the restart, Renton added a sixth goal with a brilliant shot from 25 yards that sailed over the keeper.

The last ten minutes saw Bulls desperately trying to register at least one goal with Shaun Harrison, Lee Foreman and Adam Hind all missing out on scoring chances.


THE Rudds got off to a storming start with a convincing win over a young Stokesley side.

Richie May got them off to a flier when, with just two minutes on the clock, he ran through before slotting the ball home after sending the keeper the wrong way.

Minutes later Craig Thomas chipped the ball home after being put through by James Myers and the duo combined once again with Thomas heading home.

The goals continued to flow throughout the half and by the break the Rudds led 8-0. …

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