Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hockey: Newcastle Continue Winning Derby Run

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hockey: Newcastle Continue Winning Derby Run

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MIKE Shkurka's goal 30 seconds from time saw the men's North League Division One university derby between Newcastle and Durham 2nds go to form, writes STUART RAYNER.

Shkurka's seventh goal of the season, plus two for Oliver Fraser, won it for Newcastle who have beaten their rivals in both league games for the past two seasons and in BUSA this term. Durham's goals came from South African Hadley Smorthwaite and Andrew Baggs, both of whom enjoyed productive weekends.

A hat-trick of penalty corner goals from player-coach James Ogden maintained Tynemouth's 100% home record with a 4-1 win over Crewe Vagrants.

Crewe had a short corner strike chalked off for an illegal shot after Ogden's opener and Tynemouth cashed in through Will Smith and Ogden. Crewe pulled a goal back in a niggly second half before Ogden's third.

Stockton scored three goals on consecutive days only to lose twice.

Jonathan Tudor's second-minute goal meant they were always playing catch-up at South-port and although Andy Fletcher, Nick Hill and Richard Waite all notched, the three points stayed on Merseyside.

They were then denied by a Baggs hat-trick against Durham University 2nds on Sunday.

Steven Clarke, Andy Johnson and Hill were Stockton's scorers, Smorthwaite and Dave Hall weighing in for the students.

Durham University won 4-1 at home to Bowdon 2nds in the Northern Premier League but were far from happy with their performance.

They led 2-0 at half-time but allowed Richard Midgley to bring his side back into it. Oli Wilkes (2), James Warbuton and Niels Jake-man were Durham's scorers. Their female counterparts were also disappointed despite thrashing Nottingham Highfields 5-1 in the National North League.

Gwen Smith's eighth and ninth goals of the season came either side of one from Loren Sherer. …

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