Few games in Alliance beat the cold weather

ASHLEY Combe, Dan Anderton and Dean Armstrong hit the net for Harraby CC as they closed in on the top two in the Northern Alliance premier division.

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 scored from the spot.

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

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.

Kilingworth 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.

Willington Quay Saints pulled of 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.