TYNE Met College travelled to Teesside to take on Middlesbrough College on Wednesday in an ECFA Premier League game and came away from a tough encounter with the points following a 2-1 win.
The game kicked off in bright and blustery conditions on a decent playing surface at Eston Sports complex.
It was the visitors that started off in the ascendancy, kicking with a slight breeze on their backs, and good forward play involving John Wears and Dan Young saw the latter shoot tamely at the keeper.
Young, however, did break the deadlock on 14 minutes when following a mazy dribble by Liam Harris saw him slide the ball through the home defence and Young was on hand to fire into the bottom corner.
Young had a further chance to extend the lead when Adam Cole set him free but his shot went just wide of the far post.
He did manage to find the back of the net for his second on 24 minutes when a forward ball by John Grey was flicked on by Wears and Young held off the challenge of the two defenders to slot the ball home.
Tyne Met then had further chances to put the game out of reach through Wears, Young, Cole and Brown, who all saw their efforts well saved by the outstanding home keeper.
During the second period the Tyne Met rearguard, marshalled well by Colin Bell and Michael Simm, were exceptional, standing up to everything that the home side could throw at them.
Simm was a rock winning almost every header and Bell making some great interceptions.
Visiting keeper Josh Jamieson was beaten with 20 minutes left on the clock when Atkinson wriggled free inside the penalty area and fired home.
In a game that was bad tempered at times with challenges flying in it was Tyne Met that came away with the well earned points to send them back up to second place in the league.