Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Town's Frowns Are a Thing of the Past; NORTHERN LEAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Town's Frowns Are a Thing of the Past; NORTHERN LEAGUE

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

GUISBOROUGH Town visit struggling Seaham tomorrow looking to keep up the breakneck promotion pace at the top of Division Two.

The prolific Priorymen have roared back from a costly wobble that knocked them off top spot and have put together a sizzling run of four wins on the spin.

And in the last two outings they have sparked a goal rush with a ruthless 4-0 victory over rock bottom Brandon last Saturday followed up with an emphatic 5-2 KGV spanking of promotion hopefuls Crook in midweek.

That has cut the lead of impressive Newton Aycliffe to just eight points and Town have a game in hand.

But there is no room for a slip-up as form side North Shields are just four points behind in third spot and they have three games spare.

And just beyond them are a pack including Marske and Whickham who also have games in hand.

Red Star are third bottom and are shipping an average of two goals a game but Town won't be complacent.

Fourth-placed Marske United will be looking to make up some ground with a ruthless display at second bottom Brandon.

They will be aiming to bounce back from a narrow 2-1 midweek League Cup defeat at top flight title chasers Shildon.

The Seasiders have lost just one game in the last eight in the league to claw back to within touching distance and last time out battled to a gritty 1-0 win over promotion rivals Team Northumbria to claw three points ahead of them.

Elsewhere in the second division Thornaby will be out to stop the rot as they go to mid-table Birtley.

After a good start to the season that took them to within touching distance of the top six Thornaby have lost six out of seven since a 7-0 League Cup spanking by Synthonia and have slithered down the table, a 3-2 defeat at lowly Brandon dragging them into the bottom six last week.

In the top flight, revived basement battlers Stokesley are taking their survival roadshow to ailing Penrith still buzzing from an eye-catching victory over champions Spennymoor.

Stokesley were in danger of being cut adrift a month ago but a sizzling run of just one defeat in six -including wins at high-flying Benfield and the win over Moors -clawed them level with fourth-bottom West Allotment Celtic. …

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