Ryton rile high-flying Phoenix
Last updated at 16:10, Monday, 19 August 2013
NEWLY promoted Ryton and Crawcrook Albion caused a shock as they ended day one of the new season at the top of the Hexham and District Sunday League.
In an eye-catching display, they showed they meant business by thumping last season's runners-up Hexham Phoenix 6-0.
Haltwhistle Conservatives started their title defence with a 6-3 victory over The Falcon Prudhoe, while FC Stocksfield put five without reply past Allendale.
Prudhoe Town picked up all three points as they edged out Rose and Crown Bellingham 2-1, and it was honours even as Barrasford and Wylam shared eight goals.
Prudhoe Social Club marked their return to the Sunday League with a convicing 7-0 victory at Acomb Welfare.
But they were kept off top spot in Division Two by fellow new boys Phoenix Chopwell who were 8-1 winners over Swinburne Arms Stamfordham.
Bardon Mill edged a close game with Dr Syntax Prudhoe 2-1, while Haydon Bridge Anchor ended their game with Hexham Hearts as 6-1 victors.
The local teams will go again tomorrow (Tuesday) night in the first midweek games of the new season, which will see the first North Tyne derby between Barrasford and Rose and Crown Bellingham.
Ryton host Prudhoe Town, Wylam make the short trip to The Falcon, and Haltwhistle visit Allendale. Making up the Division One programme is Phoenix's home game with Stocksfield.
Division Two's fixtures sees the curren top two of Chopwell and Prudhoe Social go head-to-head, while another big game is in store as neighbours Haydon Bridge play host to Bardon Mill.
Dr Syntax are at home to Stamfordham, while Warden Boatside will welcome Hearts.
*More details will appear in this week's Hexham Courant.
First published at 15:53, Monday, 19 August 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1950Friday, December 15, 1950....
THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.