In a game constantly interrupted by injuries, mainly to Northern players (in fact at the end of the game only 7 players completed the game in the position they started), Middlesbrough went ahead with a converted try after only 2 minutes playing down the slope and with the breeze in their backs. The Boro pack, especially in the tight, dominated Northern who were restricted to a penalty by Graham Jardine on a rare occasion when Northern ventured into the Boro half.
With control in the pack and a fly half whose excellent distribution provided fast running support from the Boro backs it was no surprise when after a penalty to the corner the Boro pack drove over for an unconverted try.
Immediately on the resumption Ollie Holtam was yellow-carded for taking out a Boro player. Now down to 14 players and with shoulder injuries to Alan Douglas and Phil Ludford it was no surprise that Boro went further ahead with tries by each winger. Northern did rally and after a quick tap penalty Sam Thorne forced his way over for a try, converted by Donal Collins.
With the elements now in their favour Northern did improve but the disruption by injuries prevented organised play. Boro defended well and in the last minute winger Kilbride danced through from half way to score under the posts, converted by Thornburn.
A 5 point bonus win for Miidlebrough means they move above Northern in the league and now a win at home on Saturday against Malton and Norton is an absolute priority.