Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bull's Head Cause Major Cup Upset; HATHAWAY AND COPE STOKESLEY LEAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bull's Head Cause Major Cup Upset; HATHAWAY AND COPE STOKESLEY LEAGUE

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LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP GROUP STAGE GRANGETOWN YCC 0, NS BULL'S HEAD 1

BULL'S Head pulled off the upset of the competition so far by beating Grangetown YCC.

Without a league win this season, Bulls stunned their hosts when they took the lead on 10 minutes.

Following a hectic, end-to-end start to the game, Jason Blackett set up the opening with a run down the right wing.

Chris Dixon timed his run to perfection to latch on to the ball from Blackett before steering the ball home from 10 yards out.

Stirred into action, Grangetown pressed hard for the equaliser and on 20 minutes a strong drive came back into play off the post.

For much of the first half, Bull's stand in keeper Jamie Rendall was certainly the busier of the two keepers but along with the rest of the Bull's defence, stood firm against the Grangetown attack.

Indeed the visitors might well have doubled their advantage in the 40th minute when Blackett turned on the edge of the area before shooting just wide.

In the second half, the closest anyone came to scoring was when a free-kick from Mike Guiney just needed a touch from a Bull's player as it sped across a crowded six-yard box.

Both sides had claims for a penalty in the last ten minutes but Bull's were not to be denied a win that keeps their league cup hopes alive, as all three sides in the group have won one of their two games to date.

THE SMITHY 3, STOKESLEY 3 STOKESLEY opened the brighter of the two sides and should have gone ahead on five minutes when Luke McGloughlin fired wide with the goal at his mercy and, minutes later, only a last ditch clearance off the line from Mark Baker denied them for a second time.

The Smithy, welcoming back Michael King for his first game since breaking his leg a year ago in the North Riding Cup, gradually began to get on top with Alex Brown heading against the crossbar on 20 minutes before Liam Robson put William Bedford through to open the scoring.

On the half-hour mark Stokesley got back on level terms when Craig Wilkinson found McGloughlin who beat two defenders before finding the bottom corner of the net. …

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