Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Middlesbrough's Team Is on a Roll

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Middlesbrough's Team Is on a Roll

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Byline: Roller Hockey

AFTER grinding a win against Northern rivals Manchester two weeks earlier, Middlesbrough were hoping to maintain their momentum and keep their title ambitions alive against Bury St Edmunds.

Middlesbrough lost to Bury in the same fixture last season by 10 goals to four but with hitmen Rutland and Ableson returning from injury, Boro were determined to secure all three points.

The game started at a fast pace with Bury looking to catch the Teessiders on the break while Middlesbrough found their rhythm in front of goal.

Boro settled quickly and began to look dangerous. They passed the ball around a compact Bury defence and created the first chances in front of goal.

Bury remained focused, clearly trying to sit back and catch Boro on the break and it wasn't long before their tactics yielded the first goal of the game.

Breaking through the Boro back line Bury dispatched their first opportunity of the game to take the lead 1 - 0. The game continued at a fast pace; Boro remained composed sensing their patient, well-built attacks would eventually produce a clear cut chance.

With eight minutes gone, such a chance emerged and in form Kay arrived on time to neatly guide home Boro's first.

With Bury's emphasis on defence, Middlesbrough had to continue to work hard to create chances.

It was another 10 minutes before another goal was scored, but Boro remained in control and waited for the perfect opportunity to strike.

This time it was Rutland who was on hand to take Middlesbrough one goal in the lead.

Bury remained focused and began to grow in confidence as the game progressed, but Boro knew they were in the ascendancy and picked off one more before half time.

This time it was captain Ableson finishing off an excellently worked team goal.

Middlesbrough came out in the second half three goals to one in the lead, conscious that with only a two goal margin there was still work to be done. …

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