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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Sunday cup honours Mick

AS many teams will be without a fixture after January, a new cup competition has been added to the Hexham and District Sunday League programme.

And it has been named after committee stalwart Mick Simmons who spent more than 30 years as manager and secretary of Acomb FC until they folded in 2011.

The R&R Hands Mick Simmons Trophy has been created as a subsidiary competition for teams in both divisions who are nearly through their fixtures.

Due to county cup commitments, Haltwhistle Conservatives, Wylam and The Falcon Prudhoe have opted out of the new cup, while Rose and Crown Bellingham have done likewise due to a backlog of fixtures.

The remaining 15 teams have been split into two groups and will play each other once only, with the winners of each group facing each other in the final.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion are the highest ranked team in Group A as the only Division One side, but they will face Prudhoe Social Club who have already won promotion as champions of Division Two.

Joining them in the group are Haydon Bridge Anchor, Phoenix Chopwell, Hexham Hearts, Dr Syntax Prudhoe and Acomb Welfare.

Division One sides Allendale, Barrasford, Hexham Phoenix, Prudhoe Town and Stocksfield have been grouped together in Division Two.

Division Two runners-up Bardon Mill, third placed Warden Boatside and basement boys Swinburne Arms Stamfordham make up the rest of the table.

Meanwhile, the draw for the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup has thrown up two crackers.

Prudhoe Town and Hexham Phoenix will face off for the opportunity to play either Haltwhistle Conservatives or their bogey team Allendale in the final.