Northern Alliance

THE champagne flowed at Hexham and Red House Farm on Saturday as they both booked places in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup final.

THE champagne flowed at Hexham and Red House Farm on Saturday as they both booked places in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup final.

Marc Nixon struck a 104th-minute winner for the Tynedalers against New Fordley, while a Martin Soulsby penalty and Mark Sheeran strike put Red House in dreamland at Cullercoats.

There was no sign of a hangover for Blyth Town as they moved up to third with a win at leaders Amble United.

The Seasiders created a number of early chances but any worries Town might have over-celebrated their £150,000 windfall from the Budweiser Club Futures programme were dashed when Malcolm Morien hit a screamer. Craig Johnson marked his debut by netting a second late on.

Stocksfield led at Carlisle City through a Chris Hall penalty but the Sky Blues turned things around through Robbie Mather, Sean Bannon and Tom Lucock (pen) after the break.

Dave Brown and Joe Moscrop netted for Ashington Colliers against Gateshead Rutherford, who replied through Graeme Troughton, and strikes from Michael Fenwick and Jamie Dunn gave Seaton Delaval three points against Killingworth Sporting, who had Connal Reed net from the spot.

A Chris Bell double gave Percy Main the points at Harraby. Darren Addison struck a penalty in reply and a Dan Quine brace ensured Walker Central took bragging rights in the East End derby at Wallsend Town, whose reply was netted by Craig Burke.

Mark Brittain (2), Chris Rue and Paul Dunn all fired in for Shankhouse as they lifted themselves up the table with a thrilling victory over Hebburn Reyrolle, for whom Josh McHugh (2) and Dean Stewart were on target.

Gav Hattrick scored for Whitley Bay A in the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl but goals from Heaton Stannington’s Kev Carr and William James took them through after extra time.

JON TAIT

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