This week on Teesside: 17th-23rd February

James Cartwright looks back on another week of Teesside football action.

Northern League

In wider news, the FA this week rejected the Northern League’s appeal to adjust its position in the National League System.

Admittedly frustrating for the league but it is finally time the Northern League took the plunge and started producing sides for the higher leagues.

For outsiders the reluctance to take promotion can be something that is off putting about the Northern League. People want to see clubs that can progress and with numerous large towns across the region the potential is there.

There is also a plethora of traditional Northern League clubs at Division Two level that the league can remain reasonably strong for a number of years after compulsory promotion.

It may seem a dark and scary place at this moment in time but with faith in our clubs and ambition North East football can thrive with this change.

Northern League Division One

Marske United sealed an impressive win as they overcame Shildon 1-0 at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace. Highlights here.

Billingham Synthonia and Guisborough Town shared the spoils on Friday night with a 1-1 draw at the Norton Sports Complex. Lewis Wood gave Synthonia the lead before a Ritchie Gaston own goal levelled it for the Priorymen.

James Risborough scored a brace as Stockton Town beat Penrith 4-2 at the Bishopton Road West. A report on the game can be read here: http://stocktontownfc.com/match/10258-stockton-town-fc-v-penrith-afc/

Stockton Town found out this week they will be away to either Morpeth Town or Willington in the Quarter Finals of the League Cup.

Northern League Division Two

It was all change at Billingham Town as they announced Paul Beddow as their new chairman following a Club EGM on Sunday. Here’s a statement from the new man: http://billinghamtownfc.net/news.html

They made an excellent start under the new regime with Ash Lavan bagging four goals in a 6-1 thrashing of Jarrow FC.

The fortunes of the club can read about in their new blog, the Bedford Bugle: http://billinghamtownfc.net/bedfordbugle.html

Kallum Hannah scored a brace as Thornaby ran out comfortable 5-1 winners over West Allotment Celtic at home.

Northern Groundhopper (@NGroundhopper) was there to take in the action. You can read their report here: http://teesdalepark.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/thornaby-fc-allotment-celtic-park-ebac.html?m=1

Wearside League

Redcar Athletic continued their promotion push with a 2-0 win over Cumbrian side Windscale. Goals from Jordan Rivis and Bryan Stewart were enough for the win.

North Riding League

The North Riding League representative team was in action last Sunday as they overcame the Isle of Man League in the FA Inter-League Cup Quarter Final.

@SportTeesFooty was there to capture the action which can be viewed here: https://mmj.tees.ac.uk/~mmj9/2018/02/18/highlights-nrfl-v-isle-of-man/

James’s game of the week

There are no prizes for guessing what my pick of the week is this time. Of course there’s only one place to be on Teesside as Stockton Town host Windsor Town in the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase.

Earlier in the week we recorded a podcast with Stockton assistant JD Briggs and First Team coach Paul Midgley. That can be heard here.

Marske United are also involved in FA Vase action as they travel to Bracknell Town.

Football in Bracknell (@fibracknell) provide their in-depth look into both ties here: https://www.footballinbracknell.co.uk/features/in-depth/32863/fa-vase-quarter-final-odds-form-guide-bracknell-town-windsor/

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