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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Bridge beaten in final clash

STOCKSFIELD U17 claimed bragging rights in the eagerly anticipated West Tynedale cup final as they edged an entertaining tie with their Haydon Bridge counterparts.

This was a big match for Haydon Bridge. A group of players who grew up through the junior ranks together under the stewardship of Paula Collis, were embarking on their last final as a junior side.

But it was Stocksfield who dealt the first blow in the second minute, when Bridge keeper Adam Piggford failed to hold Sam Hewitson’s 25-yard free kick, and the ball slipped under his body into the net.

Stocksfield doubled their lead shortly before half time. Set-piece specialist Chris Johnson’s in-swinging corner sailed over all and sundry, and dropped inside the far post without a touch.

Haydon missed a glorious chance to halve the deficit just five minutes after the break when a close range effort from Rhys Edwards was smothered by Stocksfield keeper Rob Proud.

Stocksfield’s Lewis Gowans forced Bridge left-back Dan Renwick into a saving tackle with a fleet-footed run down the right.

Ben Pybus and Alex Wright were also called into action as Stocksfield started to pile pressure on the Haydon defence.

The tide started to turn in Haydon Bridge’s favour. Chris Raine’s shot was tipped round the post by Proud.

Then Macdonald had a penalty claim turned down after he went crashing down inside the area.

With five minutes to go, Haydon Bridge were awarded a spot kick when Kieran Robley was clipped as he cut in from the right wing.

Greg Irwin converted, but it wasn’t enough as Stocksfield lifted the cup.