Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Early Goals Earn Derby Day Glory; Northern League

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Early Goals Earn Derby Day Glory; Northern League

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

STOKESLEY scored twice in five first half minutes to see off rivals Guisborough Town 2-0 in a lively Division Two Teesside derby.

Guisborough arrived unbeaten in the league since the opening day and the Priorymen had a lively start as the home keeper had to punch away a string of dangerous balls before Paul Roddam hit the bar.

But Stokesley scored with their first real attack on 10 minutes as a long ball forward from the keeper sent Simon O'Shea surging into the box to stab home the opener.

And Stokesley quickly added a second as a ball drilled into the box rebounded back off keeper Rafferty and the alert Richard Hore was on hand to stick it away from close range.

There were then penalty shouts waved away at either end as first Guisborough's Luke Bythway was bundled over in the Stokesley box, then at the other end what looked a clear handball was not given.

Just before the break Guisborough were almost gifted a goal as a backwards header in the box by Stokesley's impressive Andy Jennings looped over his own keeper but came back off the bar.

The Priorymen had a lot of possession in the second half as they tried to find a way back into the game but spirited Stokesley defended well and restricted the Priorymen to isolated half-chances.

In the top flight, Billingham Town continued their revival with a crucial 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Morpeth.

After seven straight defeats, revived Town have now gone three unbeaten and clawed away from the drop spots.

Morpeth hit the post early on, had two good chances blazed wide and then hit the woodwork again as they dominated the first half.

But Town stepped up a gear after the break and, after a couple of good chances, sealed the points on 78 minutes as Shaun Clarke played a killer pass to send Shaun Kell storming into the box to rifle home.

Inconsistent neighbours Billingham Synthonia went down 2-0 at home to high-flying Ashington.

The visitors went ahead on 10 minutes as keeper Chris Porter saved from Cockburn but Johnson stabbed home the rebound. …

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