Lingdale 0 Boro Rangers 3 (att 15)
Boro Rangers went into this game needing two points from their final three fixtures to win the Teesside League. Anything other than a win at Lingdale was unlikely, but the hosts put up a decent fight before succumbing.
The visitors looked anything but title chasers during the first half, although it might have been different had they taken one of the chances they created early on. To be fair they were playing into a very strong, and very cold, wind.
Boro were better after the break, perhaps helped by the wind at the backs, perhaps stung by a half time talking to, but they broke the deadlock a minute or two into the half. A second goal followed with a quarter of the game to go, and a third 15 minutes from the end.
Lingdale put in plenty of effort, especially as they had nothing to play for, but once they fell behind they rarely looked likely to score.
They play at The Track, part of Lingdale Playing Field. From the small car park (best to park in the road) and changing rooms the single pitch runs lengthways and was roped off along one touchline.
There's a small covered area in front of the changing rooms, and some useful pitchside benches, one dedicated to the memory of those killed in the 1953 Lingdale mining disaster, and two others in memory of Lingdale-born footballers Bobby Smith, part of the 1961 Spurs double winning team, and "Gentleman" George Hardwick, who played for Middlesbrough and England.