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Friday, 29 May 2015

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Holders Haltwhistle face Prudhoe

PRUDHOE Town stand in the way of Haltwhistle Conservatives defending their Tommy Jackson Presidents Cup crown.

The holders will meet rivals Town in the final of this year's competition at Wentworth Leisure Centre, in Hexham, this Sunday at 10.30am.

To make the showdown, Halty defeated Division Two side Warden Boatside 4-0 before thumping The Falcon Prudhoe 7-2 and then scraping past bogey team Allendale 1-0 in the semi-finals.

Prudhoe, meanwhile, relied on the only goal to book their place as they defeated Hexham Phoenix 1-0 in the final four having disposed of Division Two side Haydon Bridge Anchor (4-1) and Rose and Crown Bellingham (3-2) in the earlier rounds.

Haltwhistle could face a second semi with Allendale as their rivals host leaders Wylam in the quarters of the John Pickworth League Cup on Sunday, the winner earning the right to fight it out with Halty for a place in the final.

In league action, the relegation fight in Division One sees second bottom The Falcon host third bottom Hexham Phoenix looking to make up the existing three point gap.

Bottom club Rose and Crown are making a late bid for safety and will entertain Ryton and Crawcrook Albion if their home pitch allows it.

Meanwhile, Stocksfield's title challenge continues with a home game with Barrasford in what should be a cracking, open encounter.

The race for third in Division Two will heat up with Warden Boatside, who currently occupy the position, fancying their chances as they make the trip to bottom club Swinburne Arms Stamfordham.

Haydon Bridge Anchor are just two points behind and host Phoenix Chopwell looking to keep the pressure up in their final game.

Division Two champions Prudhoe Social Club head to Hexham Hearts in the Mick Simmons Trophy, while fellow promoted side Bardon Mill ae at Dr Syntax Prudhoe.