Weekend Round-Up

Rudy Gestede’s 95th minute goal broke Boro hearts as Blackburn stole a point at the Riverside.

Patrick Bamford’s deflected strike in the 83rd minute looked to have given Boro all three points in a game they dominated.

However, Blackburn equalised in the 95th through Rudy Gestede who profited following an apparent foul on Dimi Konstantopoulos by Chris Brown.

The incident had Boro boss Aitor Karanka incensed resulting in him being sent to the stands for arguing with the fourth official.

In his post-match interview, Karanka said: “The referee, two linesman, the fourth official – everybody in the stands and on the bench could watch the foul – except those four people, that’s the interesting thing for me.”

Following the result Boro have moved down to 5th but they have closed the gap on the top of the league to two points.

The Boro fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the officials.

Northern League

A brace from former Synners striker Daniel Earl earned Guisborough a 2-1 win away at Billingham Synthonia. The game was heading towards a 0-0 before Earl scored two goals in as many minutes to put the Priorymen 2-0 with 74 minutes gone. Tom Atkinson replied with his first goal for Synners in the 76 minute to set up a nervy finish for the visitors but in the end it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

Billingham Town lost their first away league game since September as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Hebburn Town. Channon North’s 28th league goal of the season was enough for the Hornets to move into 5th place in the Northern League Division 2. It could have been a lot more for North, in the second half he hit the post from the penalty spot and missed a free header as Town survived a crushing defeat.

Norton & Stockton Ancients were the only winners of the weekend with a 3-1 win over Willington at home. A brace from Nicky Martin and another from Rocky Andrews helped the Ancients keep pace with Seaham in the Northern League Division 2 title race. Seaham remain the league leaders but only on goal difference, the Star recorded a 5-0 win over Darlington RA at home to boost their goal difference to +40.

Wearside League

Wolviston fell victim to the weather as a waterlogged pitch saw their home game with Whitehaven called off.



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