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Railway Arms on he right track for cup glory; WILF NOBLE BUILDING SUPPLIES ESKVALE & CLEVELAND LEAGUE.

WHITBY BENEVOLENT CUP GREAT AYTON 1, BROTTON RAILWAY ARMS 4

ANY chance Great Ayton had of winning silverware this season was blown away in the opening 15 minutes when the visitors notched two excellent goals to give them a firm foothold on the game.

In the seventh minute the Ayton defenders failed to mark tightly, allowing Leng to get a strike on goal.

His shot hit the crossbar but the quick-thinking Hodgson picked up the rebound to give Brotton the lead.

Ayton were finding it difficult to get into the game with poor defending and passing and the second goal came when Leng again showed his skill to find the back of the net.

In midfield Woodhouse was having a man-of-thematch performance and he capped a fine first half display by scoring just before the interval.

Ayton started the second half in much more convincing form, putting he Brotton defence under greater pressure with Hindson and Ripley proving to be more of a threat.

On 50 minutes Ayton got back into the game when a good move by Croft set up Murray to score.

Within minutes they had the ball into the net again but this time the goal was disallowed.

Playing better as a team, the home side looked like getting something from the game.

But, in their efforts to push forward, Brotton were able to make the quick break.

And they notched a further goal from Croll which gave them a deserved victory and passage into the next round.

LEAGUE MATCHES BOOSBECK UTD 4, HINDERWELL 1 HINDERWELL began the game looking the better side and could have taken the lead twice within the first 20 minutes.

However on both occasions they were denied by superb saves from Oliver in the Boosbeck goal.

With neither side breaking the deadlock, the first half remained goalless.

The second half saw Boosbeck produce some quick inter-passing and they took the lead with a goal from Duggan.

A second quickly followed when they won a corner and Wallace scored from close range.

Hinderwell pulled a goal back with a Danes shot at the far post but Boosbeck claimed the points with two goals from McLean, the second from the penalty spot.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2008
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