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PREMIER DIVISION

ASHLEY Combe, Dan Anderton and Dean Armstrong hit the net for Harraby CC as they closed in on the top two on Saturday, writes Jon Tait.

In the only league game to beat the big freeze, the Cumbrians made a dream start against Ashington Colliers when Combe fired them ahead after just five minutes.

Matthew Read whipped in a low centre from a short corner and Combe made no mistake in lashing it in powerfully from six yards.

Anderton added the second when he played the ball out wide for Read and then got on the end of his cross and crashed a volley into the roof of the net.

The Colliers pulled one back just before the hour when David Brown was sent tumbling in the box and Shaun Gibson drilled in from the spot.

But Harraby secured the points with six minutes to go as Dan Balmer ghosted past two men down the right and fired over a low centre that Dean Armstrong tucked away.

NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR BENEVOLENT BOWL, ROUND TWO

Killingworth Sporting sent Northern League Alnwick Town crashing out of the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl.

Paul Baird fired in and an own-goal proved the winner, while Amble United also went through with a 4-2 success over Premier Division Blyth Town.

The Seasiders, who top Division One, were 3-0 up at the break through Sean Taylor, Adam Shanks and Brad Wake. Danny Beresford pulled one back, but Shanks added his second. Beresford added a second of his own late on for Town.

Stocksfield went out 3-0 at Prudhoe Town.

NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP, ROUND FIVE

Willington Quay Saints pulled off another surprise in the NFA Minor Cup.

The Second Division outfit booked a spot in the semi-finals with a 4-2 penalty victory over First Division Heddon.

Liam Taylor hit a double and Ryan Ferrier got the other as it ended 3-3 after extra-time. Heddon’s hit-men were Kevin Urwin, Michael Welford and Perry Veitch.

DURHAM FA TROPHY, SEMI-FINAL

Durham FA Trophy holders Hebburn Reyrolle booked a spot in the final as Sean Sweeney banged in a second-half hat-trick against Brandon British Legion.

The Legion, who Reyrolle beat to lift the silverware last season, went ahead from the penalty spot but Adam Bell levelled. However, they went behind again just before half-time.

A storming second-half performance on a 3G all-weather pitch saw Sweeney bang in his treble, while Gary Taylor and Channon North grabbed the others.

RESULTS (Saturday, February 11, 2012)

PREMIER DIVISION

Harraby CC 3 Ashington Colliers 1

Murton P Percy Main Ams P

Shankhouse P Carlisle City P

Walker Central P Seaton Delaval Ams P

DIVISION ONE

Cramlington Town P Morpeth SC P

Wallsend Town P Cullercoats P

Forest Hall P Bohemians P

DIVISION TWO

Alston P Swalwell P

Hexham P Bedlington Terriers Res P

New Fordley P Harton & Westoe P

North Shields Ath P Wallsend BC P

Red House Farm P Whickham Lang Jacks P

Wideopen P Cramlington United P

NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR BENEVOLENT BOWL, ROUND TWO

Alnwick Town 1 Killingworth Sporting 2

Amble United 4 Blyth Town 2

Prudhoe Town 3 Stocksfield 0

Whitley Bay A P Heaton Stannington P

NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP, ROUND FIVE

Newcastle Chemfica P Alnwick Town Res P

Newcastle Uni P Kenton Bar Community P

Wallington P Seaton Burn P

Willington Quay Saints 3 Heddon 3 (AET) Saints won 4-2 on pens

DURHAM FA TROPHY, SEMI-FINAL

Hebburn Reyrolle 6 Brandon British Legion 2