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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Wylam stretch their lead

WYLAM pushed home their advantage at the top of the Hexham and District Sunday League by defeating title rivals Stocksfield.

They moved four points clear of their third placed visitors courtesy of a 5-2 success, Michael Gilroy hitting two and David Gilroy, Graeme Hudspith and Michael Connelly all with one apiece.

Jack Wanless sent home a penalty and David Sedgwick also netted for Stocksfield, but they lost ground in the title race having played a game extra.

At the opposite end of the table, Rose and Crown Bellingham picked up their first win of the season as they beat fellow strugglers The Falcon Prudhoe 2-1 courtesy of an own goal and a strike from George Scott. The Falcon registered via Paddy Finnerty.

Ollie Rodley was the hero for Prudhoe Town as his strike proved the difference as they eliminated Hexham Phoenix from the Tommy Jackson Presidents Cup, booking their place in the final with Haltwhistle Conservatives in the process.

Haltwhistle are firing on all fronts again and made the semi-finals of the John Pickworth League Cup as a brace from Dan Kirkup and a single from Greg Irwin saw them defeat a plucky Dr Syntax Prudhoe 3-0.

Syntax learned they will play Prudhoe Social Club for a place in the Division Two KO Cup showdown as they walked over Haydon Bridge Anchor – quite literally as they were awarded the tie when their visitors were unable to field a team.

Over in the Mick Simmons Trophy, Division One side Barrasford were held to a 2-2 draw with Division Two’s Hexham Hearts despite strikes from Gary Nixon and Ross Anderson.

A double from Gavin Renwick helped Bardon Mill to a 2-0 success over Phoenix Chopwell, while Ryton and Crawcrook Albion won Warden Boatside by the same margin with James Suttee and Chris Chapman on target.

Elsewhere, Acomb Welfare and Swinburne Arms Stamfordham shared six goals.