Boro moved into the automatic promotion places with a 2-0 win over Derby County
Patrick Bamford’s first half strike and Grant Leadbitter’s second half penalty sealed the points at the Riverside in the lunchtime kick-off.
Derby came into the game as the league leaders following a 3-0 win over Brighton at home, while Boro were on a high after a 5-1 win at Millwall last weekend.
The Rams started the game in control but Boro opened the scoring on six minutes when former Derby loanee Patrick Bamford turned Adam Reach’s ball past Lee Grant.
Boro dominated the second half and it could have been a cricket score had it not been for the saves of Lee Grant. The former Sheffield Wednesday keeper was on hand to deny Boro on more than one occasion in the second half.
Middlesbrough doubled their lead on 63 minutes when they were given penalty for a Ryan Shotton foul on Patrick Bamford. Shotton was shown red for the foul and Grant Leadbitter stepped up to convert from 12 yards.
The win moves Boro to the automatic promotion places, next weekend they face a tough trip to fellow promotion-chasers Ipswich Town.
Northern League Division One
Guisborough Town moved within two points of the top three with a 4-0 home win over Ashington. Top scorer Danny Earl scored twice either side of halftime before Curtis Round and Adam Gell wrapped up the points for the Priorymen.
In midweek they face a tough trip to North Shields, where a win could put them up to third should Marske United lose at Penrith.
Unfortunately for Marske United and Billingham Synthonia the weather caused their home matches to be called off.
Northern League Division Two
Norton & Stockton Ancients were knocked off top spot after they were forced to call off their home game against Hebburn Town due to a frozen pitch.
Overtaking is Seaham Red Star, they beat Thornaby 3-0 at home thanks to goals from Dean Nicholson, Gary Shaw and David Palmer.
Thornaby are 9th after defeat, wins for Whickham and Darlington RA moved them above the Blues.
Billingham Town lost their four match on the bounce as they went down 2-0 at Team Northumbria. Second half goals from Louis Storey and Jack Morris made it back-to-back wins for the home side.
In midweek Town travel to Heaton Stannington, the Stan should be fresh for the game given they were out of action today following the postponement of their game at Chester-Le-Street.
Stokesley also fell victim to the weather as their home game against Tow Law Town was called off.
In midweek they travel to 15th place Willington, the home side are in poor form having won one of their five games in all competitions.
Wearside League teams
None of the Wearside League teams were in action as the weather caused their games to be called off.