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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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On course for cup honours

FOOTBALL: LOCAL schools remain in the hunt for county cup glory, with many members of the West Tyne Schools FA making great progress.

Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School could face rivals Haydon Bridge for a place in the semi-finals of the U15 Blake Cup, should Bridge progress past St Thomas More in the postponed round two game.

QEHS defeated both Benfield and John Spence to make the final eight, while Bridge progressed past Royal Grammar School, in Newcastle, in the opening round.

However, Prudhoe failed to progress past round one as they went down to Churchill, Wallsend.

Haydon Bridge will meet either Ponteland or Kenton for a place in the quarters of the U14 Morgan Cup after wins over RGS and Seaton Burn.

Ponteland defeated QEHS in the first round, while Prudhoe were also eliminated at the first stage as they lost to Blyth.

Ponteland travel to Churchill, winners over Haydon Bridge earlier in the competition. in the quarter-finals of the U16 Diball Cup following success over Burnside and Gosforth.

Prudhoe hope to join them as they face Ashington after enjoying victory over St Benet Biscops.

Ponteland are looking to make the semi-finals of the U11 Laidler Cup following victories over Meadowdale and Blyth St Andrew’s.

Ovingham are bidding to join them in the quarters as they travel to Guide Post in the postponed second round tie.

Meanwhile, holders St Joseph’s, Hexham, were eliminated in the first round to Marden Bridge.

St Joseph’s have made the second round of the U12 Wilks Cup, though, after beating Whytrig, as have Ponteland after success over Seaton Burn.

It was the end of the road for Highfield who lost to St Thomas More in round two after a walk over against Excelsior, while Ovingham lost to Churchill.

Highfield will meet either Cramlington or Excelsior in round two of the U13 Dawson Cup after beating St Mary’s, Belford.

Ovingham lost to Blyth in round one following success over Guide Post in the preliminary round, while Ponteland tasted defeat to St Thomas More despite progressing past NCEA in the prelim. St Joseph’s lost to Churchill in round one.

In the West Northumberland U19 League, Prudhoe have won all three of their fixtures, while Ponteland have won one and drawn one from four and QEHS have one point from their two games.

Meanwhile, two local schools played out a thriller in Group D of the U13 Girls Malcolm Berry Cup, Highfield beating Ovingham 6-4.

Highfield were also 10-4 winners over St Benet Biscops, while they drew 1-1 with St Mary’s. Ovingham have had a tougher time, though, losing 3-1 to Valley Gardens and 5-2 to St Mary’s.

Ponteland have won all three of their Group A games, defeating Benfield 14-0, Whytrig 7-0 and Heaton Manor 3-1.