DGSOB 2, Newton Aycliffe 1: All the goals came in the second half. Kevin Wilkinson notched for Aycliffe, but goals from Peter Grey and Chris Scott gave Old Boys their second league win of the season.
Mowden Park Under-15s win over Hartlepool Rovers saw action from the start, with the first try coming from Andy Robinson just a couple of minutes into the match after Chris Hossell broke through the Rovers defence and ran almost to the try line before passing the ball with only their full back to beat.
THE inaugural running of the MEM Rolltek Malton Forest Rally last Sunday proved to be a great success, although a pair of the fancied crews from the region failed to see the finish.
HUNDREDS of thousands of people will work on Christmas Day with no guarantee of extra pay, while 35,000 will work for nothing, research has shown.
A LOCAL sidecar racer will be taking on the might of the world's best when he contests the revived British Sidecar Championship next season.
THE Arriva transport group has seen its bid to run a rail franchise turned down.
LUXURY goods group Mulberry said it was on track for a return to the black after a fall in losses.
A young Darlington boxer enjoyed the biggest win of his career so far after beating an England international to clinch a national title.
THE Campaign to Protect Rural England has been criticised by Darlington planning committee for its "extravagant" language over a town centre scheme.
FEARS are growing for the safety of a missing teenager who has struck up friendships with asylum seekers.
RESIDENTS campaigning to protect ancient pasture land with links to Richmond's medieval history have won the support of councillors.
NEWCASTLE boss Sir Bobby Robson last night insisted that Alan Shearer's predatory instinct is "better than ever'' - and backed him to beat Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry to this season's Premiership Golden Boot.
THE latest figures produced by North Yorkshire County Council say creating a single unitary authority covering the county would save council tax payers at least £10m.
Sir, - It is unique in the history of the River Tees that two new bridges are proposed to span it at the same time, both pedestrian and both highly controversial.
THE NORTH York Moors National Park's Danby Lodge Centre is in line for a £620,000 new look.
WHILE the Euro-heads tried to bring about some sort of unity last week, Teesside folk singer Vin Garbutt underlined the strength of the regional, never mind national, sense of identity. "Darlo, you've got an identity," he told his audience of 200 at Darlington folk club while bemoaning the fact that Eston had been in Yorkshire, moved to Teesside, then became part of Cleveland but now, with the demise of that county authority, had found Cleveland being quietly dropped from postal addresses. "Where is it now?" he asked
PANTO stars spread a little festive cheer yesterday when they visited sick children facing Christmas in hospital.
Andrew Flintoff blasted England out of trouble on the opening day of the final Test to halt a mini-crisis of his own.
THE building once vaunted as the region's biggest club for swingers has opened its doors as a conventional hotel.
ALAN Shearer brought some of his team-mates on a hospital visit to cheer up sick youngsters yesterday.
AN ADVERTISING watchdog has backed a complaint from a local authority over a business offering shares in a Transylvanian gold mine.
KERBSIDE recycling has saved more than 5,000 tonnes of rubbish from going into landfill sites.
THE ARRIVAL of award-winning airline bmibaby has boosted passenger figures at Teesside International Airport.
Durham Football Association official Mike Appleby believes that Northern League clubs should be moving up the pyramid regularly.
CIU League: The Annual Presentation Evening for the League was held in Crook Belle Vue with Colin Armstrong the Durham County Branch President and Mick McGlasham, the Durham County Branch Secretary making the presentations.
OVERSTRAND bids for a five-timer tomorrow in the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot and holds every chance.
THE Chief Constable of Humberside, David Westwood, will have won few friends with his performance in the light of the Soham verdicts.
NORTHALLERTON are hoping their Powergen Junior Vase fourth round tie at home to Sheffield Tigers will be played on December 27 following last week's postponement.
Durham Local Radio (DLR), bidding for the forthcoming Durham local radio licence, has announced well-known business leader David Bowles as its chairman.
Gt Ayton v Redcar Mackinlay Park: Half way into the season Gt Ayton have used ten goalkeepers and once again a regular outfield player took the keepers gloves.
SOLDIERS will join Second World War veterans on a charity run next month to raise money for blind ex-servicemen.
Harriers hosted the North-Eastern AA cross country championships at Branksome School on Saturday. With some of the region's top athletes taking part there was some excellent racing and close finishers.
A MOTHER'S emotional appeal for help in catching her son's killers has helped police to make a possible breakthrough.
THE North is predicted to lead the country's housing market with double-digit growth next year, according to Nationwide.
THE National Sheep Association's Northern region held its annual meeting at The George Hotel, Piercebridge.
THOUSANDS of shoppers packed out a town's specialist festive market last weekend.
Backtrack has adorned The Northern Echo sports pages for 18 full seasons.
SOLDIERS serving abroad will be able to access news and messages from home online thanks to a new service launched by their own radio station.
NEW RECRUIT Neil Wilkinson led Morpeth Harriers to team success with a debut senior men's victory in the 98th North-East Cross Country Championships at Darlington.
Bishop Auckland and District League: Spennymoor Ash Tree clinched the League Championship after a play-off with Crook Olde Horse Shoe, who have held the title for the last few years.
HAMBLETON councillors came up with what is potentially Thirsk's best Christmas present - a commitment to put some cash into long-standing plans to revive one of the most depressing streets in the district.
DEFENCE Secretary Geoff Hoon was accused last night of sneaking through a deal to prepare RAF Fylingdales for the "son of Star Wars" project as MPs packed up for Christmas.
Wilf Keilty and Paul Hogg have established personal records with North Shields.
Angling Clubs celebrated the festive season with a series of Fur & Feather Christmas matches and in the Yarm AA bash extra water encouraged the Tees elusive bream shoals to feed on the lower reaches.
A COUPLE were in shock last night after losing their 13-year-old son in a swimming pool tragedy - two years after their daughter died in identical circumstances.
Billingham Swimming Club enjoyed a family outing hosting their annual swimming gala at the Forum, members taking part from three year old to adults.
The Oak Leaf Sports Complex in Newton Aycliffe was the host to this year's Northern Area Squash Championships in this yearly event, which featured the cream of junior squash players from Cumbria, Northumbria as well as Durham & Cleveland.
HUNDREDS of jobs and thousands of pounds of investment are on their way to the region.
Ill health has forced Spennymoor secretary Brian Boughen is step down.
HOPES of building a swimming pool in the upper dales have been dashed after a bid for lottery funding was rejected.