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Friday, 22 May 2015

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Tories aim for Sunday shock

UNBEATEN Burradon and New Fordley stand in the way of Haltwhistle Conservatives making the final of the prestigious Northumberland FA Sunday Cup.

Haltwhistle, themselves without loss in the Hexham and District Sunday League, will have a tough task on their hands in the semi-final tie with the formidable Blyth and Wansbeck outfit.

Haltwhistle will be buoyed by their excellent performance in the quarter-finals when they humbled Blyth League leaders Blyth Comrades with a 6-1 result.

It is hoped a large crowd will be in attendance to shout the Halty lads on when the game is played at nearby Bardon Mill at 10.30am on March 10.

Haltwhistle will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start in the Hexham League on Sunday should their fixture beat the weather.

They are scheduled to host second placed Prudhoe Town.

Haltwhistle still have to make up some ground on leaders Halfway House who a travel to a Rose and Crown Bellingham team buoyed by moving out of the relegation spots.

Second bottom Allendale welcome Dr Syntax Prudhoe, who have just one win to their name, to Mill Cottages.

A final four date with Halfway in the Sun Inn Acomb John Pickworth League Cup awaits either Division Two new boys The Falcon Prudhoe or the high flying Division One outfit Hexham Phoenix.

First division rivals Wylam Brewery and Barrasford will battle it out for a semi-finals berth with Haltwhistle as they meet in the other quarter.

With main title challengers Ryton and Crawcrook Albion idle, Division Two frontrunners Bardon Mill have the chance to pull away with a home encounter with Newbrough Argyles.

Throwing their hats into the ring, and with games in hand, third placed Haydon Bridge Anchor will aim to put pressure on with a trip to bottom club Acomb Welfare.

Struggling Swinburne Arms Stamfordham travel to fourth placed Wylam Celtic, and Hexham Hearts entertain Prudhoe YC.