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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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The Bell tolls for champions

MASTER tactician Cameron Bell guided his Haltwhistle Conservatives side to a crucial top of the table win over reigning champions Halfway House.

While many bemoan the team’s route one tactics, the Cons certainly get results and they reaffirmed their position as title favourites courtesy of the 2-1 success.

In former Carlisle United player Dan Kirkup they have a real threat, and he added to his 100th club goal with both in what was seen by most as the title decider.

Mark Campbell replied for Halfway who, despite the defeat, remain in pole position.

A late, dramatic winner from Conor Buchanan maintained Hexham Phoenix’s unbeaten record in the league.

His strike added to two goals from Stephen Marsden and one from Kurtis Harvey and earned a 4-3 victory over an in-form FC Stocksfield, for whom Sandy Tordoff, James Teasdale and Luke Robson were on target.

Two goals from recent signing Martin Nugent fired Prudhoe Town into the quarter-finals of the SCA Hygiene Div One KO Cup. Town edged past Allendale 2-1, with Stew Bell netting for the visitors

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion went back to the top of Division Two as goals from Sam Moore and Michael Ashurst earned them a 2-1 win over 10-man Haydon Bridge Anchor. Mark Elliott netted for Bridge.

They took advantage of Bardon Mill’s slip-up at The Falcon Prudhoe, who remain in the hunting pack at the top with Jack L’Argent, Lee Blackburn and Steven Henderson notching in the 3-2 success. Goals from Rob Hayes and Dennis Thirtle weren’t enough for the Mill.

Acomb Welfare moved off bottom spot as Ritchie Grant and Mark Robinson secured a 2-1 win over Wylam Celtic.

Swinburne Arms Stamfordham slumped to last place as they were thumped 5-0 by Prudhoe YC, Chris Armstrong hitting a hat-trick and Liam Watson recording a brace.

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