Teesside Football League: Secretary's half-time report
Teesside League secretary Dave Marsay has evaluated the strengths and weaknesses as the season approaches half way
BORO RANGERS are the unbeaten League leaders, in a league that started off with nineteen teams but due to resignations from three to date, it has now been reduced to sixteen. This should not be much of a worry for completing the season, but due to the success of the League’s Representative Team in the FA Inter-League Cup, with players from BEADS, Boro Rangers, Thirsk Falcons, Thornaby Dubliners and Whinney Banks YCC, they are now in the quarter-finals and face a tough test on the 6 February when they travel to holders the Isle of Man. A victory would give them a semi-final to be played by the 6 March 2016, so fingers crossed.
STOCKTON WEST END are in second place, they do not have players in the representative team, but are doing well in the Durham Trophy by reaching the quarter finals.
FISHBURN PARK are the surprise package of the season lying in third place having played fourteen games, winning seven, drawing four and losing three times, they had a major shake-up at the start of the season with former player Mark Waterfield taking over as manager, Mark usually goes on as a substitute so is now joint manager which seems to be working well for the club.
BEADS FC are in fourth place, played fifteen games, won seven, drawn three, but lost five, they started off well, but then seemed to lose their way a bit which then resulted in a change of manager, regular goal scorer and Rep team member Carl Lilly taking over as manager which has seen a big change in the team performances.
THORNABY DUBLINERS are in fifth place having only played thirteen games, winning seven, drawing three but losing three, they have players in the rep team and are looking to finish higher up the table.
ST MARY’S COLLEGE who have shocked a number of teams this season after languishing in the lower positions of the second division for a number of years, they have completed sixteen matches, winning seven, drawing two but lost seven, will complete the season with a couple of good results still in their locker.
REDCAR NEWMARKET are in seventh place, played fifteen games, won six, drawn two but lost seven, a team that seems to change week to week, a team with ambitions to finish in a much higher position.
WHINNEY BANKS YCC champions for the last two seasons are languishing in eighth place, having only played ten games, winning six, drawing two and losing two, with manager Lee Chaplin also Rep team manager who has a good number of players in his rep squad, problems with a waterlogged pitch and no matches because of rep team fixtures, mean they will have a lot of catching up to do.
STAITHES ATHLETIC in ninth place have improved over the season, they have played fifteen games, won six drawn one but lost eight times, will be looking forward to the second half of the season as they seemed to have a settled team before the Xmas break.
THIRSK FALCONS are very surprisingly in tenth place, they have only played ten games, winning five, drawing two but lost three, a combination of a very wet pitch and involvement with the rep team have seen Thirsk well behind in games with plenty of catching up to do.
YARM FC are in eleventh place, started like a house on fire but gradually dropped down the table they have completed fifteen matches, won five, draw one but lost nine, built a good side but then lost some players to higher league clubs.
REDCAR TOWN struggling at the wrong end of the table, only played twelve games, won four, drawn two but lost six, have a lot of players signed on, but sometimes struggle to field a team, with a very wet pitch at the best of times.
GRANGETOWN BOYS CLUB another team surprisingly struggling at the wrong end of the table, they have played fourteen games, won four, draw one but lost nine, again another team struggling to field a team each week but carried the league flag well in the Senior Cup.
LINGDALE FC looked at one time to be on the brink of folding, but a change of manager, fresh ideas, fresh players have seen them pick up points, have played twelve games, won four, drawn one but lost seven times
NUNTHORPE ATHLETIC are second bottom of the table having played eleven games, winning two, not drawn any, losing nine, fighting to move up the table before the end of the season.
BILLINGHAM FC rock bottom of the league, put in an untenable position because of the unexpected number of resignations at the end of last season. This resulted in the league having to drop down to one division on nineteen teams, with the intention of splitting the division after all teams had played each other once. This then had to be reversed with the resignation of three team in the first three months, leaving Billingham struggling at the bottom.