BACK by popular demand (well, one person asked anyway), this week marks the return of the Hexham Courant’s online blog Because Grassroots Matter...
And I can think of no better time for its return than ahead of what could ultimately prove a make or break month for Tynedale’s senior football teams.
For the next four weeks running, local teams will be battling it out in a total of seven semi-finals to achieve the honour of representing the district in some prestigious finals.
Saturday sees the district derby between Northern Alliance Division One rivals Wallington and Ponteland United in the ridiculously long named Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.
Both teams have done remarkably well to remove Premier Division opponents along the way, and are equally determined to have a shot at clinching the cup against all odds.
On the same day, Prudhoe Town will appear in their second semi-final of the season as they look to cause a shock and defeat high flying Stockton Town in the Wearside League’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.
Hexham will look to book their most important date in their relatively short history the week after, progress in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup up for grabs.
They will be expected to make the final at the FA's Whitley Park HQ when they host Division Two side New Fordley.
Two Tynedale teams could well be represented in the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl - the county’s second largest cup competition - with Stocksfield and Ponteland in separate semis.
The Griffins of Stocksfield are scheduled to host Premier rivals Heaton Stannington on March 9, while United face a trip to the higher ranked Percy Main Amateurs on the same day.
There will hardly be time to catch your breath, as Hexham and District Sunday League side Halthwistle Conservatives will bid to do Tynedale proud the following day in the semi-finals of the Northumberland FA Sunday Cup.
Unbeaten in all competitions, the Cons look to continue their remarkable form when they welcome another unbeaten team in the form of Burradon and New Fordley to Haltwhistle’s version of the Bernabeu.
To round off a hectic month for local football, Ponteland will appear in their third final four game as they travel to neighbours Heddon in what promises to a fierce Pin Point Recruitment Combination Cup tie on March 16.
Whatever the outcome of the ties, all involved can be proud of getting so far and showing the rest of the region that Tynedale football is definitely on the up.
Published: February 21, 2013
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