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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Halfway extend lead at top

TEN goals saw league leaders Halfway House Prudhoe widen the gap at the top of Division One.

The reigning champions took a step closer to retaining their title as they are now five points clear of second place following their 10-0 demolition of bottom side Dr Syntax Prudhoe.

Striker Chris Hall plundered half of his side’s tally, with Ben Dobson and David Sedgwick getting two each, and Colin Hardwick the other.

Meanwhile, the title race in Division Two heated up when Bardon Mill moved level on points with pacesetters Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

Goals from debutant Mark Banks and Reece Thirtle saw them make up ground on their challengers, with Martin Smith netting for table topping Ryton.

Prudhoe The Falcon made up ground on the top teams after they put eight without reply past struggling Acomb Welfare.

Lee Blackburn was their star man with a hat-trick, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Stu Lowden, Steven Henderson, Callum Alexander, Joe Appleton and Ben Dibb-Fuller.

Likewise, Haydon Bridge Anchor remain in the hunt for promotion after they defeated Wylam Celtic 3-0, courtesy of strikes from Jay Keelan, Mark Elliott and Gavin Boyd.

Hexham Phoenix were in the partying mood ahead of their Christmas night out as they breezed past Newbrough Argyles in the Sun Inn Acomb John Pickworth League Cup.

A hat-trick from Orin Parkinson and singles from brother Luke and Jack Gradwell guided them to a 5-0 success.

Despite a goal from Tom Davies and a valiant team effort, Wylam Brewery were eliminated from the Northumberland FA Sunday Minor Cup when they went down 5-1 to North Shields Billy Mill.

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