Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Marske's Promotion Dream Is Killed Off

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Marske's Promotion Dream Is Killed Off

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MARSKE UNITED'S promotion hopes are over after a promising season fizzled out with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Seaham Red Star.

And while long-time front-runners United lost, promotion rivals Sunderland RCA eased to a 3-1 win over North Shields and Jarrow Roofing edged to a 1-0 victory at Washington to clinch their places in the top flight.

Marske's defeat at Seaham left them eight points shy of the duo with just two games left.

The Seasiders had their moments but were undone as second half Seaham substitute Anthony Hume scored with just about his first touch of note.

It will be bitterly disappointing for ambitious Marske, who for a second season have fallen just short of the promotion places after an excellent run in the FA Vase. They were on top just three weeks ago but home and away defeats in quick succession to Stokesley either side of a stumble against Jarrow Roofing cost them dear.

Stokesley, in contrast, now look set to push on to take the second division title after they maintained their commanding five-point lead thanks to a ruthless 4-0 win at Northallerton.

Given an unassailable goal difference -they have scored a hefty 116 goals this term -they now need just one point from their last two games to confirm themselves as champions.

It was goalless at the break at Northallerton but, on the restart, Richard Hore netted within two minutes, then Paul Crager quickly headed a second and as Stokesley took control Simon O'Shea and Andy Jennings wrapped it up.

Elsewhere in division two, Guisborough all but sealed fifth place with a 5-0 thumping of second bottom Darlington RA.

David Onions cracked in the opener after four minutes, then, just before the break, Glenn Butterworth and Michael Roberts scored. Butterworth netted again on the hour and a late own goal completed the rout. …

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