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Friday, 11 July 2014

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Hexham cling on to make quarter-final

HEXHAM took a step closer to a place in the final of the prestigious Northumberland FA Minor Cup by eliminating last season’s losing finalists.

The Tyne Valley side survived a late scare from Newcastle Chemfica to hang on to a 2-1 advantage and put their names forward for the quarter-finals draw.

Hexham gave themselves a head start with an early goal. And it was a record breaking strike, striker Liam Heenan becoming the club’s leading scorer with 35. He was alert to blast Scott Robson’s scuffed shot into the net after good work from Thomas North.

It remained 1-0 until three minutes after the break when North was played in by Heenan before sidestepping his defender and firing past Andrew Weatherstone from eight yards.

But Hexham were still lacking a spark and they were in for a nervy 20 minutes when Chemfica reduced arrears.

Chris Homans latched onto some uncertainty in the Hexham defence to get in between goalkeeper Carl Robinson and the back four to bring Chemfica to within a goal and set up a tense end to the tie.

It gave the visitors a glimmer of hope and it took some last ditch tackles from Tom Hacking and captain Gavin Cox to keep their lead intact.

Meanwhile, it took a great stop from Robinson to deny Liam Naulls from taking the game to extra time.

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