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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Conservatives edge to title

HALTWHISTLE Conservatives took a giant step to lifting the Hexham and District Sunday League crown for the second year running.

For they defeated main title rivals Wylam 2-0 at the weekend, goals from Mark Robson and Greg Irwin sending them five points clear. But they missed out on the chance to secure the title on Tuesday evening, being held to a 1-1 draw with bottom club Rose and Crown Bellingham.

Dan Kirkup’s goal for the leaders was cancelled out by Matty Blackith as Rose continue to fight for their survival.

Haltwhistle and Wylam will resume hostilities on Sunday as they battle it out for a place in the John Pickworth League Cup.

Wylam booked their place in the semi-finals after overcoming the challenge of Allendale, Phil Murray scoring four and Dom Walsh one in the 5-1 win.

Back in league action, Bellingham were in danger of being cut off from the rest of the division after they were thumped 9-0 at Hexham Phoenix at the weekend as Jack Gradwell found the back of the net four times.

Kurtis Harvey weighed in with a brace, while Stephen Marsden, Luke Parkinson and Andy Crawford all registered.

Allendale are still looking nervously over their shoulders after going down 3-2 to Barrasford, Marc Nixon hitting two and Paul Makepeace one for the Robins.

Prudhoe Social Club will again fight it out with Bardon Mill as they look to complete the Division Two league and cup double.

For they booked their place in the KO Cup final as a hat-trick from Ste Forster set them on their way to a 5-1 victory over Dr Syntax Prudhoe in the semi-finals. Chris Hill and Matthew Hopkins got the others, with Chris Amstrong replying for the ‘Tax.

James Teasdale hit a hat-trick for Stocksfield as he guided his side to a 6-0 triumph over Prudhoe Town in the Mick Simmons Trophy. Jonny Barratt, Adam Storey and Tom Wanless all added their name to the scoresheet too.

Elsewhere in the competition, Haydon Bridge Anchor beat Bardon Mill 5-2 as Andy Pape netted twice, and Darren Dobson, Andy Colquhoun and Kev MacDonald all got one, with Neil McDonald and Reece Thirtle replying.

On Tuesday, Dr Syntax defeated Division One’s Ryton and Crawcrook Albion 2-1, Ryton falling to a second successive shock defeat following their 3-1 loss to Phoenix Chopwell.

Meanwhile, Acomb Welfare edged out Hexham Hearts 2-1 but lost 7-4 to Barrasford, Stocksfield defeated Hearts 5-1 and Prudhoe Social beat Prudhoe Town 4-0 with two goals from Stefan Rainbow and one apiece from James Cram and Marc Sagar.

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