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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Wolviston are easy cup prey for Town

LAST season’s cup specialists, Prudhoe Town, have carried over their impressive form away from league action.

Two goals from Kai Hewitson and a wonder strike from Rob Smith saw them make light work of Wolviston to progress past the first round of the Wearside League Cup.

The victory means they will meet Easington Colliery on February 8 in the quarter-finals – in a month which sees them host Northern Alliance side Shankhouse in the final eight of the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl and meet Ashbrooke Belford House for a place in the Shipowners Charity Cup final.

Having scooped two cup trophies last year, Town are looking to continue their trend and they are looking good for their money after an excellent performance in their victory over Wolviston.

Striker Kai Hewitson is in electric form and he gave Prudhoe the lead before the break when he found the bottom corner after taking on three men.

It was the same man who doubled the Citizens’ advantage following the interval as he rounded the visiting goalkeeper before sliding the ball into the empty net.

But the hosts threatened to allow Wolviston back into the tie when errors at the back allowed visiting striker Bill Gatenby to steal in to reduce the deficit.

Prudhoe saved the best until last to guarantee their passage, though, Smith popping up with a rare goal to secure the 3-1 victory.

After a corner was half cleared twice, the centre half slammed his effort into the top corner from 20 yards to the delight, and surprise, of his teammates.

With things starting to pick up on the pitch, the management team has been bolstered too as a replacement for assistant manager Jackie Traynor has been found.

Former captain Peter Bryson has rejoined the club after a spell as assistant to Allendale lad Chris Fairless at Alliance side Gateshead Rutherford.

Bryson will be reunited with ex-goalkeeper Ross Thomas who has agreed to become Town’s goalkeeping coach.