Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING FOR GOAL; Watts Demands Return to Big-Scoring Ways NORTHAN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING FOR GOAL; Watts Demands Return to Big-Scoring Ways NORTHAN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

STOKESLEY go into their third of four Teesside derbies in a row tomorrow with boss Ted Watts demanding a return to the goal standard.

They were edged out by a last gasp own goal to lose 1-0 at second-placed Norton last Saturday then in midweek they stopped Marske's ten game winning run with a spot-kick shoot-out win after a Neil Campbell penalty in extra-time earned a 1-1 in the Ernest Armstrong Cup.

Now Stokesley host lowly Thornaby at the Lotus Electrical Stadium wanting to see the net starting to bulge once more.

After a prolific start, Stokesley have scored 22 goals in their nine games - but only two in the last three outings.

"The goals seem to have dried up a bit," he said. "We have some good lads up front with Lev Yalcin and Craig Johnson and Neil Campbell has come in and done well and is close to full fitness now.

"But as a team we maybe haven't played as well as we can and we are not creating the chances. We need to get back to doing that.

"I don't want to be too critical as we're seventh and, if we win our games in hand, could go second - but to do that and win big games we must start scoring again."

Stokesley play Thornaby tomorrow then Guisborough Town next week "This is a tough test for us," said Ted. "Thornaby may be down there and Guisborough may be having a sticky spell but they are still derbies and if you are the slightest bit complacent in these games you lose them."

Fourth-bottom Thornaby will be buzzing.

They ended a run of six defeats in a row in midweek with a 1-0 Ernest Armstrong Cup win over Washington.

Marske United hope to get straight back to winning ways as they take on tottering table-toppers Whitehaven.

Marske nudged into fifth last week as they beat Whickham to clock up a club record 10th win on the bounce and, with promotion their main aim, won't be too disheartened to have lost on penalties in midweek.

After a sticky start in the league they have won six in a row and seven out of eight and will be anxious to keep that bandwagon rolling when they face a newly-promoted Cumbrian outfit that now seem to be running out of steam after a flying start. …

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