Kings Head FC 10 South Bank Utd 2: King's Head went back to the top of the League albeit on goal difference following their win over South Bank United.

Brian Crawley opened the scoring on 20 minutes making no mistake from the penalty spot and by half time they lead 2-0 after Paul Round beat the offside trap before slotting home.

United came out battling after the break and deservedly pulled a goal back when John Webster coolly found the net. The visitors' fortunes took a major step backwards minutes later however, when a hotly disputed third King's Head goal from Crawley ended with two South Bank two getting their marching orders.

Crawley soon added a fourth to complete his hat trick before the King's Head took complete control. Michael Jones scrambled the ball home before Round picked up his second goal of the game beating two defenders before firing past the keeper. Round then crossed for Crawley to head home goal number seven shortly before substitute Paul Smith lobbed the keeper from outside the area. Round and Crawley finished off the scoring with another goal apiece but United had the last word when John Lodge found the back of the net with a well struck free kick.

British Steel S. 3 North Skelton V. 2

At the other end of the table, British Steel Sports picked up all three points for the fourth time this season although it needed a goal, three minutes from time to clinch the game. Sports started well and took the lead when Steven Halpin's cross was sent goal ward by Anthony Biswas with a well executed overhead kick. Lee Preston equalised for Village on the half hour but within a minute British Steel were back in front when Halpin took on three defenders before firing into the bottom corner of the net. The second half saw both sides going close but the goal action was left till the last ten minutes when Anthony McCabe brought Village back on level terms only for Sports to take the game when Jason Downing and Scott McCabe combined down the right before Downing finished of the move by sticking the ball in the back of the net for the winner.

NS Bulls Head 2 Coulby Newham 6

Bulls Head's search for their first points of the season goes on despite yet another spirited performance that saw them take the lead through Simon Nelson with ten minutes gone but then go behind as Coulby hit three before the break. Richard May's curling shot brought them level on 15 minutes before Coulby's man of the match Richard Cook found the bottom corner with a well placed shot. Paul Kirby headed Coulby further in front shortly before half time but Bulls bounced back within minutes of the restart to reduce the arrears when Steve Thornton hit a thundering 25-yarder to reduce Bull's deficit. Any hopes that they had of getting back into the game were soon dashed however, when May turned a defender before carefully placing the ball into the corner. Substitute Greg Thomas increased Coulby's lead with a shot from the edge of the area before Cook ran through from the half way line, beating four men on the way before sending the keeper the wrong way to finish off a brilliant run.

Thornaby Village 5 PJS 2

Thornaby Village put a little more daylight between themselves and the lower reaches of the league with a win over fellow strugglers PJS. Most of the damage was done in the first half when the Village raced into a three-goal lead. In the second period, PJS came back into the game but by then goals from Mark Halfpenny (2), David Murray, Dean Melville and Gareth Evans had put the game beyond their reach.

St Mary's College OB 3 South Park Rangers 3

A goal either side of half time gave St. Mary's the upper hand in their game against South Park Rangers, but Rangers came back strongly in the second half. Three goals in the space of 20 minutes saw Rangers claw back the deficit before taking the lead. College, having seen their lead evaporate, were stung into action and five minutes from time, were relieved to pick up a share of the points with a late equaliser.

Stokesley 0 Linx Hemlington 5

In last weekend's other league fixture, Linx Hemlington continued their recent improved form with a comfortable win over an out of touch Stokesley side.

North Riding Challenge Cup quarter finals

Thornaby Mand. 1 Grangetown YCC 0

Current North Riding Challenge Cup holders Thornaby Mandale were the only Stokesley League side to make it through to the semi-final stage following their hard fought win at home to Grangetown YCC. In a tight game made difficult by the strong wind, the deciding goal came in the 30th minute when Steve Lambert crossed the ball to striker Andrew Dyson. With Dyson bearing in on goal, a Grangetown defender's challenge only succeeded in turning the ball into his own net. Chances were at a premium for both sides but when called upon, Mandale keeper Gary Poole pulled off a number of excellent saves. Mandale's reward for their win is a semi final tie against former Stokesley League side Dormans who now play in the neighbouring Teesside League Second Division.

Carperby Rovers 6 Woodmans Arms 3

Conceding two early goals did not help the Woodman's Arms cause at Carperby but they battled back with goals from Mark Jones and Steve Sherrington to go in all square at the interval. Within three minutes of the restart however, another Carperby breakaway ended with them regaining the lead and shortly before the hour mark they went further ahead when another defensive error was punished. Mark Jones scrambled the ball home with 15 minutes remaining to give the Woodies some hope of taking the game to extra time but two late breakaways settled the tie in Carperby's favour.

Amotherby & Swinton 2 Middlesbrough Post Office 1

Middlesbrough Post Office fell well below par in their trip to Amotherby and Swinton but they still managed to break the ice when Paul McGlade scored in the 25th minute following a succession of corners. Ten minutes from the break, Amotherby were awarded a penalty which they converted despite the Post Office keeper getting a hand to it. Post Office did their best to raise their game in the second half but they struggled to reproduce the form that they normally show in their league games. Five minutes from time, their participation in this season's competition came to and end when an Amotherby free kick from just outside the area ended up in the bottom corner of the net.

Saturday's results: British Steel Sports 3 North Skelton Village FC 2, Kings Head 10 South Bank United 2, NS Bulls Head 2 Coulby Newham 6, St Mary's College OB 3 South Park Rangers 3, Stokesley 0 Linx Hemlington 5, Thornaby Village 5 PJS 2.

North Riding Challenge Cup quarter finals: Thornaby Mandale 1 Grangetown YCC 0, Carperby Rovers 6 Woodmans Arms 3, Amotherby & Swinton 2 Middlesbrough PO 1.

TOMORROW'S FIXTURES: British Steel Sports v South Park Rangers, Coulby Newham v Middlesbrough PO, Ennis Square SC v NS Bulls Head, Kings Head v PJS, Linx Hemlington v St. Mary's College, South Bank United v Stokesley, Thornaby Mandale v North Skelton Village, Woodmans Arms v Thornaby Villag