JUST 24 hours after being crowned league winners Boro's U21s have added silverware to their trophy cabinet after beating Guisborough to win the North Riding Senior Cup for the 54th time. GORDON COX reports from the King George V Playing Fields.
There was a short moment before the game when congratulations were exchanged between the backroom staff in the changing rooms following confirmation that last night's defeat for Reading left Boro's U21s with an unassailable lead at the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two, many of the staff hadn't seen each other since the result.
But very quickly it was down to business and a professional approach was adopted as the squad about winning silverware.
They set out to stamp their authority on the game from the start and two good runs down the right from Bradley Halliday caused alarm in the Guisborough back line.
The hosts quickly settled well and a shot from Chay Liddle after good work from Adam Gell was good and true from 25 yards but straight at Luke Coddington.
Bradley Fewster thought he had opened the scoring with a good effort from close range, but goalkeeper Danny Dixon made a fine save.
In a lively first half Jordan Jones whipped in a low curling shot that was saved at full stretch. Scott McCarthy tucked in the loose ball, but celebrations were cut short as he was flagged offside.
Another Halliday cross was cleared just as Fewster was set to pounce, before Town missed a chance to take the lead when Danny Earl was sent through one on one but Coddington stood strong.
Dan McWilliams had a shot charged down, then Kieran Weledji blocked a Liddle shot at close range, but the breakthrough came at the other end after 40 minutes as Mark Kitching's shot was blocked and Scott McCarthy tucked home inside a crowded penalty area.
Positive play from Earl was matched equally positive defending from Dael Fry, before a cross from Kitching flew low across the face of goal and Fewster was just off target from close range.
He was even closer a few minutes later when another shot came back off a post with Dixon beaten, but Boro wrapped it up five minutes from time when after a powerful run down the right and a driven low cross from Callum Cooke and Bradley Fewster turned in.
Guisborough Town: Dixon; Martin, McWilliams, Carling, May, McPhillips, Gell, Liddle (Stevens 68), Bythway (Mulligan 84), Earl, Round. Subs: Roddam, Mitchinson, Jackson.
Middlesbrough: Coddington; Halliday (Capt.), Weledji, Fry, Kitching, Wheatley, McCarthy, Griffiths, Fewster, Morelli (Cooke 70), Jones (Brobbel 60). Subs: Fryer (gk); Burn, Maloney.
Referee Michael Gillespie