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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Tynedale teams aim for county progress

COUNTY cup takes priority this weekend with four local teams bidding for a place in semi-finals.

Wearside League outfit Prudhoe Town are eyeing a place in the final four of the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl, with Northern Alliance opponents Shankhouse standing in their way.

Hoping to join them in the semis is Wallington as they hope to do a quickfire double over hosts Whitley Bay A, a team they defeated 2-1 a matter of weeks ago in the Alliance.

Losing finalists last year, Hexham are hoping for better fortunes in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup and entertain Division Two leaders AFC Newbiggin in tomorrow's quarter-final tie.

Neighbouring Ponteland United have a tough job as they face a Newcastle Chemfica (Independent) side flying high in Division One - but will be buoyed by a 1-0 success over the same opponents in the league last week.

A win for Stocksfield in the Premier Division would ease any overhanging fears of being embroiled in a relegation battle, the side sensing three points is a must in their trip to second bottom Percy Main Amateurs.

Chopwell need to pick up a vital three points to rejoin the promotion chasing pack in Division Two and they look to put the Amateur Cup semi-final nightmare behind them when they host second placed Longbenton.

Ryton and Crawcrook's aim to move off the foot of the Northern League will recommence with a home encounter with eighth placed Birtley Town.

In the North East Women's Football League, leaders Tynedale Ladies make the trip to Birtley St Joseph's Ladies and Prudhoe Town Women welcome Kader to Kimberly Park on Sunday.

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