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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Champs topple the leaders

A LATE winner from debutant Gavin Cox proved that Haltwhistle Conservatives are not prepared to hand over their league title without a fight.

Defender Cox popped up at the death to earn the champions a vital 2-1 victory over leaders Stocksfield, ending their hosts’ unbeaten record in the process.

In a touch tight game, Shaun Johnstone had earlier registered for Haltwhistle while Jack Wanless was Stocksfield’s marksman.

The result took the Cons level on points with the Griffins - but both currently trail Wylam who became the league’s new frontrunners.

They continued their impressive form by defeating Prudhoe Town 3-0, Adrian Sutcliffe their hero by notching all of his side’s goals.

Rose and Crown Bellingham picked up their second point of the season, Matthew Blackith scoring a hat-trick and Andy Hall one in their 4-4 draw with Hexham Phoenix, who had Kurtis Harvey and James Stokoe both bagging braces.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion jumped up two places to sixth as they returned from Barrasford with a 3-0 victory.

With Division Two leaders Prudhoe Social Club enjoying a break, closest rivals Bardon Mill took the opportunity to close the gap to six points.

They thumped bottom club Swinburne Arms Stamfordham 10-0, Wilkie and McDonald both scoring two, with Hayes, Mouse, Barnes, Thirtle, Banks and Sproul also on target.

Warden Boatside remain in the hunt for a top two finish as two goals from Scott Palmer and further strikes from David Hall and debutant Chris Grant helped them to a 4-2 success over Phoenix Chopwell.

Four goals from Shaun Stewart and three from Chris Armstrong helped Dr Syntax Prudhoe to a cruising 9-3 victory over Acomb Welfare. Joining them on the scoresheet were teammates Tom Maughan and Danny Bell.

Haydon Bridge Anchor cemented fourth spot, though, as they put four without reply past Hexham Hearts when they made the trip to Tyne Green.