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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Rockets roar to victory from 5-3 down

THE under-10s league, sponsored by Alex Waters, returned to some sort of normality at the weekend with only two games off.

Allendale were involved in a fine contest with Wylam Rockets U9s, before losing out to the odd goal in 11.

A surprise results looked on the cards as the home youngsters led 5-3 late into the game but the third placed side battled back with Freddie Marr proving the match winner at the death.

The Rockets’ marksmen were Marr (2), Ben Haslam (2), Finlay Moreton and Max Smith-Ogg with midfielder Samuel Dunnett star man.

Edward Mayock capped a man of the match performance for Allendale by hitting a brace with other goals coming from Keenan Mackey, Jake Reed and Archie White.

Also in Division Two Brandon Bland completed his hat-trick with a late equaliser to give Wark a share of the points away to Prudhoe YC U9s for a 3-3 draw.

Owen Dent starred up front for Prudhoe whose promising Sam Irons hit a double and Callum Pattinson one.

With their nearest challengers Throckley Magpies AC U9s without a game it was left to table-toppers Hexham Greens U9s to enhance their lead with the 3-1 defeat of Stocksfield U9s.

Goals from Dan Simpson (2) and George Youngman clinched vital points for the visitors.

The impressive Ben Brown replied for the hosts while Adam Newton starred for the winners.

The result enables the Hexham youngsters to stretch their lead at the top to eight points although AC have the cushion of three games in hand.

It is turning into a two horse race at the top of the First Division after title hopefuls Corbridge United crashed to a 7-3 defeat away to the much improved Throckley Magpies AC.

Corbridge trailed 4-0 at half-time but fought back well in the second period to score through James Percival, Joseph Grey and man of the match Dan Joyce.

Aaron Robinson and star man Paul Turnbull both notched hat-tricks with Josh Watson also netting as Throckley gained revenge for an earlier defeat at the hands of their opponents.

Archie Leonard scored his 28th league goal of the season in hitting a hat-trick for Stocksfield as they just shaded Haydon Bridge by the odd goal in five.

Jake Lynch excelled for the winners while George Priest continues in fine form for the Haydonians with his control at pace a constant threat to the home defence.

Harry Crowe added to his early goal with a second in the closing stages for the visitors but it was a case of too little too late as Stocksfield completed the double over their old rivals.

Ben Miller just shaded two goal Andrew Bainbridge for Allendale Fireballs’ man of the match award as they hit seven without reply at home to Haltwhistle United.

Harry Robson and Jay Thomson also scored twice with Matty Koranteng also on target against a Halty side best served by Aaron Davidson.

Star man Ben Tait notched a hat-trick as Ryton and Crawcrook Albion won 5-2 at Hexham with Patrick Dunlop and Ben Pentland also netting.

Thomas Robinson and the prominent Aaron Hardy replied for the hosts.

Alex Buckle again impressed for luckless Wylam Rockets but with Daniel Turner scoring four they found Wark too strong in going down 8-0.

Niall Buchanan hit a double with other goals coming from Jack Gray and Oliver Scott.

Front-runners Throckley Magpies Inter and second placed Prudhoe YC Blues were enjoying a rest day and on current form look almost certain to battle it out for the Championship unless there are some big upsets along the way.

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