Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Elmtree Go Top after Win over the George

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Elmtree Go Top after Win over the George

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THE Stockton League programme was once again depleted due to cup fixtures last weekend.

A battle of the top two in the second division was the pick of those that did take place, with PF FC Elmtree enjoying a home win over The George Pub & Grill at Tilery to take top spot.

The hosts did much of the damage in the first half, scoring five times without reply as the visiting defence struggled to handle their attacking flair.

The second half was more even, with The George just shading it 3-2, but by then the home side had the game wrapped up. John James led the way for Elmtree with four goals, and further efforts from Ian Evans, Michael Bond and Daniel Brown sealed the win.

The George scorers were Paul Leonard, Daniel Broadley and Ian Peckett. The win saw Elmtree take a two point lead at the top of the table, with two games in hand over The George, but South Bank AFC remain in contention just five points behind with a further two games in hand.

Eight Stockton League teams were in action in the third round of the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup, with five winning progressing. Of these, JFC United ran out 6-2 winners hosting Newlands Park Hotel, while the game between first division Thornaby Aerodrome Club and second division Marton Rovers had to be settled by penalties, which Thornaby edged 5-4.

Results Premier Division: Billingham The Merlin 3 (Adam Dean, John Clayton, Bradley Thacheray, Joshua Dawson, og) Norton George And Dragon 3 (Ryan Watson 2); Hardwick Social Club 5 Billingham Cowpen Club 1 (Billy Crookston).

Division One: Billingham The Kings 4 (Jamie Miller, Lee Burrell 2, Michael Doyle) Fairfield Sports And Social Club 3 (Lee Jordan 2, Michael Ball); Jolly Farmers 0 Storytellers United 3 (Christopher Waites, Christopher Whaley, Stewart Coats). …

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