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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Hexham’s major hopes in Minor Cup

HEXHAM’S bid to keep the Northumberland FA Minor Cup in Tynedale recommences next week with a quarter-final tie with Grainger Park Boys’ Club.

After Wallington scooped the trophy last season in fine style with a 7-2 thumping of Newcastle Chemfica (Independent) in the final, neighbouring Hexham have their sights firmly on the prestigious prize.

And they will be confident of progressing, defeating the same opposition 6-2 in the first round of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup on their own ground earlier this season.

On the scoresheet that day were Mark Gibson, with two, man of the match Stuart Brown, Matthew McLoughlin, and brothers Michael and Scott Robson.

While Hexham are enjoying a great run in Division One, Grainger Park are struggling towards the foot of Division Two, although they did recently beat Alston in Pin Point Recruitment Bill Gardner Trophy.

Grainger’s passage to the quarters has been relatively easy too as they were pitted against lowly opposition.

They came away from North Shields Town with a 5-1 success, and this was followed up by a 8-5 extra time victory over Heddon St Andrews and a 6-3 win at Gosforth Bohemians A.

The tie will be played on Saturday, February 2, at Wentworth ko 1.30pm.

Weather permitting, Hexham will concentrate on improving their league position tomorrow though with a trip to Chemfica, a team they defeated 2-1 to make the Minor Cup last eight.

Wallington will hope to shoot back to the top of the division when they entertain bottom club Newcastle University, who sadly don’t have a point to their name.

Inconsistent Heddon’s faint hope of breaking into the promotion spots will spur them on as they welcome Gosforth Bohemians to Newburn Leisure Centre.

Ponteland United’s excellent form has seen them shoot up the table and they hope to extend their unbeaten run with a trip to Willington Quay Saints.

An opportunity to gain much-needed breathing space above the drop zone in the Premier Division is on offer for Stocksfield as they host Shankhouse.

A tough trip to fourth placed Longbenton is in store for Alston as they bid to move away from the bottom clubs in Division Two.

Meanwhile, Prudhoe Town can move to within three points of sixth placed Sunderland West End in Wearside League when the Citizens visit tomorrow.