Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: THE GAME IS ON; Thornaby Stay in Chase to Go Up ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig CHARTERED VALUATION SURVEYORS & ESTATE AGENTS NORTHERN LEAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: THE GAME IS ON; Thornaby Stay in Chase to Go Up ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig CHARTERED VALUATION SURVEYORS & ESTATE AGENTS NORTHERN LEAGUE

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

THORNABY beefed up their second division promotion bid with a spirited 2-1 win at in-form rivals South Shields.

They bounced back from leaking an early opener to beat in-form Shields and move within two points of them as the battle hots up.

Thornaby suffered a pre-match blow as keeper Stuart Trotter was forced to withdraw and defender Leon Carling had to deputise.

Shields took the lead on the half hour as a Thornaby attack broke down and the home keeper pumped it forward for Willie Crew to go storming clear into the box and drill a low shot past Carling.

Shields went close again as Crew got into the box but was stopped by a last gasp Stuart Jackson tackle then the striker fired over.

Thornaby kept battling and started to threaten and they levelled on 76 minutes as a Lee Farrington cross was only half cleared and Alan Cossavella put it back in for John French to rifle home.

Then Lee By the way won the ball inside the box on 85 minutes and created space to beat the keeper with a lob into the far top corner.

That strengthened Thornaby's position at the top. They remain fourth but are now only three points off Whickham, who leapfrogged Shields into second.

And a six points breathing space has opened behind them after fifth placed Ryton were held to a 1-1 draw at MARSKE - a game the visitors ended with just nine men.

After a lack-lustre start Ryton took the lead on the half hour as Andy Bulford found space to crack home inside the box, but the Seasiders levelled just before the break as Shaun Howes was chopped down in the box, and after defender Carl Paterson was sent off Howes buried the penalty.

Ryton's Bulford was also sent off with 20 minutes left, but despite a two man advantage laboured Marske couldn't find a winner.

GUISBOROUGH moved ahead of Marske into eighth with an emphatic 4-0 win at Hebburn.

New boss Chris Hardy continued to rebuild and gave debuts to Neil Roth and ex-Boro defender Nicky Mohan, signed from Stokesley.

Hot on the heels of a 5-1 hammering of Team Northumbria the Priorymen attacked from the off and went ahead on 27 minutes as Luke Byethway was fouled in the box, but got up to score from the spot. …

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