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Friday, 22 May 2015

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Kirkup’s hat-trick sets up Jubilee’s demolition of Mill

HALTWHISTLE Jubilee made an eye catching start to their title defence with a thumping of near neighbours Bardon Mill.

It was a day to forget for Mill following their promotion from Division Two last year, Jubilee exerting pressure from the off to get their campaign up-and-running with an 8-1 success.

Dan Kirkup started where he left off with a hat-trick, while also missing a penalty, and Shaun Johnstone and Mark Robson weighed in with doubles.

In a game where debutant Ryan Potts was man of the match, fellow new boy Reece Thirtle scored against his former club with Jason Elliott replying for Bardon Mill.

There was a marked improvement for Mill on Tuesday evening, though, and they inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Barrasford.

Elliott was again on the scoresheet alongside Mark Banks and Andy Archer, with Gary Nixon on target for Barra. Andy Wrightson was named man of the match for Mill, with Will Forsyth picking up the honour for the opposition.

Nixon’s brother Marc had ensured Barrasford got off to a flyer on the opening day, capping off a man of the match display with two goals in the 4-1 victory at Allendale despite playing with 10 men for 70 minutes following the dismissal of Dean Laycock.

Kevin Brown and Bobby Oliver were also on target for The Robins, with Geoff Sparke with the consolation for Dale.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion have impressed with six points from their opening two games, starting with a 5-3 win over Hexham Phoenix .

Both Sam Moore and Ryan Lowes bagged braces, and Adam Bell got the other, with Andy Crawford, Jack Gradwel and debutant Tony Lancaster on target for Phoenix.

Ryton carried over their good form to midweek where a hat-trick from Martin Smith earned his side a fantastic 3-1 win at last year’s runners-up Stocksfield, David Below named star man.

Stocksfield have three points to their name, edging a close encounter with Division Two champions Prudhoe Social Club 3-2.

Tommy Wanless, James Teasdale and new boy Mark Campbell wrapped up the points, with a double from man of the match Stefan Rainbow in vain for The Big Club.

Haydon Bridge Anchor ended the opening weekend top of Division Two with thanks to a 3-1 win at Dr Syntax Prudhoe. Darren Dobson, Kev MacDonald and Dan Alexander got the goals.

Seventeen-year-old Paul Wilson ran the show for Warden Boatside as they came away from Swinburne Arms Stamfordham with a 2-0 success, Ian Rogerson and David Hall registering for the visitors.

Rose and Crown Bellingham were held to a 3-3 draw at Phoenix Chopwell despite two goals from Andy Hall and one from George Scott, and a man of the match display from Adam Pratt.