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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Final places up for grabs

WHILE the Hexham and District Sunday League title race may be heating up, it will take a back seat this weekend.

For the three main challengers are gunning for the two places in the divisional cup final, along with relegation threatened The Falcon Prudhoe.

League leaders Wylam welcome third placed Stocksfield for what should be a cracking semi-final, the hosts enjoying the upper hand when they defeated their rivals 5-2 in league competition at the beginning of March.

Haltwhistle Conservatives are looking for another cup final after securing their place in the Tommy Jackson President's Cup showdown, and go into Sunday's tie with The Falcon as favourites. However, they will be wary of the threat posed by their second bottom hosts who have been unable to turn possession into points.

The title race will resume when midweek fixtures return on Tuesday evening, Wylam making the trip to Prudhoe Town and Haltwhistle hosting Barrasford.

In a re-run of the dramatic relegation battle which saw Hexham Phoenix pick up a vital three points courtesy of a 95th minute winner, they head to Falcon on the same evening as it remains all to play for.

Before that, Nixxie could give themselves a big boost in their fight to beat the drop as they travel to Barrasford this coming Sunday.

Prudhoe Social Club have the opportunity to end their debut campaign in Division Two unbeaten when they bring their league schedule to a close. But fellow promoted side Bardon Mill will be looking to end their impressive run in consolation of having to settle for the runners-up spot.

Victory for surprise packages Warden Boatside over fifth placed Dr Syntax Prudhoe will guarantee a third spot finish for the former Newbrough Argyles side.

Meanwhile, Phoenix Chopwell will bring their debut season in the Hexham Sunday League to a close with the visit of second bottom Acomb Welfare.

Prudhoe Social will be given an indication of the teams they will face in the higher division next year when they make the trip to Stocksfield in the Mick Simmons Trophy on Tuesday.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion face a double header in the competiton as they head to Allendale on Sunday and then host Division Two's Haydon Bridge Anchor on Tuesday.

Hexham Hearts, meanwhile, welcome Division One's Prudhoe Town at the weekend.