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Happy days are here again as Redcar rout their visitors.

PROMOTION hopefuls Redcar put their past disappointments behind them as they thrashed Ashington 50-5 at Mackinlay Park.

The Seasiders were docked five points by the RFU earlier this week after selecting an unregistered player during their league match with Winlaton Vulcans last month.

The deduction came only days after a fire ripped through the rugby club, badly damaging the team's changing room area.

Firefighters spent more than three hours tackling the blaze, which was caused after an electric mains cupboard caught fire.

However, on the pitch there was plenty to be pleased about for Richie Young's side as they put Ashington to the sword in an eyecatching display.

Tries from Ben Durrans, Rob Bryce (2), Phil Dyball (2), Brad Stobell and Craig Newlansd (2) secured the comfortable victory, with young fly-half Jake Duddles also adding five conversions.

The win means Redcar move back to second in Durham and North Two, after Acklam's match at struggling South Tyneside College fell victim to the weather.

That wasn't the only match to be postponed, with Billingham's eagerly-anticipated clash with Westoe in National Three North also cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

There was action at Acklam Park - but it was an afternoon to forget for Middlesbrough as their season threatens to peter out.

Ian Heslehurst's side welcomed basement boys North Ribblesdale - but it was the division's bottom club that came out on top, winning 17-13.

The result was North Ribblesdale's first victory on the road this season, and means fifth-placed Boro have won only one of their last five matches in Yorkshire One.

Despite their early season promise, Boro are now 27 points adrift of secondplaced Malton and Norton with their promotion chase all but over.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2015
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