Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thornaby's Derby Delight at Three Wins in a Row; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thornaby's Derby Delight at Three Wins in a Row; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL

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Byline: Adam Steel Sports writer adam. steel@eveninggazette.co.uk

THORNABY made it three wins in a row and four victories in their last five as they beat a young Stokesley side 4-2 in the Northern League second division derby at Teesdale Park. A Ricky Phillip's finish and two Ged Livingstone headers from Curtis Edwards' crosses gave the hosts a 3-0 lead.

Stokesley found it hard going at times without line-leading striker Greg Peel.

Reece Kelly put a free header wide from Kristian Kamara's cross while they were 2-0 down, but they got one back through Greg Upton after enjoying some spells of second half pressure.

Livingstone completed his hat-trick when he sprinted clear to guide home Stephen Morrison's through ball after 63 minutes.

The scoreline became more respectable from Stokesley's point of view in the last move of the game as Thornaby centre back Ian Bishop nodded Matthew Robinson's inswinging free kick into his own net.

Thornaby manager Neil Radigan was pleased to see his new-look side avenge their 3-1 August Bank Holiday defeat at Stokesley.

And he described Livingstone as a "natural goalscorer" after seeing him net for the seventh time in three games.

"At the moment we want three points every time we play and if we work as hard as we have been doing, more results will follow," Radigan said.

"Ged took his goals well. He is just a natural finisher and showed it with his third goal when he stayed calm and dinked the keeper.

"He is as keen as mustard and is improving the other side of his game as well - holding the ball up and laying it off."

Stokesley assistant Nick Ward added: "Peely was a massive miss for us. He is a big presence up front and since he has been here we have played quite well.

"I'm not saying we would have won if Greg was here, because too many players under-performed. …

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