Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Three-Mendous Battle; Trio of Clubs in with a Title Shout: Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Three-Mendous Battle; Trio of Clubs in with a Title Shout: Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division

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AS the season enters its fixture-packed final stages, three teams are emerging as title favourites.

The chances of Gillford Park and defending champions Walker Central are improving, but 2007 champions Harraby Catholic Club are also in the hunt with games in hand at their disposal.

Both leaders Gillford Park and Walker Central, with only a single point separating them, won again on Saturday - and Gillford Park retained their one-point lead in pole position by beating visitors Heddon 2-1.

Heddon, seeking only their second away win of the campaign, had Daniel Dunn on target - but a brace for the Park's Steve Skinner proved conclusive.

Walker Central have not lost a league game at their Monkchester fortress this season - and a 2-1 success against thirdplaced Alnwick Town left the record intact.

Alnwick had beaten midweek visitors Heddon 2-0 with both of their goals claimed by Ben Keenan, but were just edged out at Walker.

The Central drew first blood, and when Martyn McGonigal's pass freed John Campbell his cross was forced in at close range by Dave Thompson.

Walker's lead was short-lived, however, and within three minutes Neil Catlow restored parity for Alnwick.

Ten minutes into the second half Thompson's second goal for Walker proved decisive - and it was something special.

From fully 35 yards and with his back to goal, he shook off his marker before unleashing an unstoppable shot which left the Alnwick Town goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Walker still have two games in hand compared to Gillford and Harraby

Catholic Club are set to come up on the rails.

Harraby took a break from league duties, but were unsuccessful in their Cumberland Senior Cup semi-final at home to Penrith.

Their opponents clinched a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to Mike Brown, who scored the tie's decisive goal after 26 minutes.

Seaton Delaval in fifth place and Carlisle City in sixth spot clashed at Wheatridge Park - and Delaval's 3-1 defeat ended a four-match unbeaten run. …

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