Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Respite Heddon into Festive Period; Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance Premier Division

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Respite Heddon into Festive Period; Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance Premier Division

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HEDDON and Newcastle University are certain to end the year propping up the rest - with the students only three points better off than their fellow strugglers.

There was no pre-Christmas joy for the university, and after switching their clash with Harraby Catholic Club to Cochrane Park they were soundly beaten 6-0. The Cumbrians' goals - three in each half - were supplied by Aaron Roberts (2), David Hewson, Daniel Balmer, Lee Sturrock and Alan Casey.

New manager Warren Fisher is still waiting for his first win in charge of Heddon, and they were beaten 3-2 by hosts Cramlington Town. The two sides had drawn in an earlier encounter, but the Town forged ahead this time and were three goals to the good after 50 minutes thanks to Stuart Hepple (2) and Kevin Long.

There were two quick replies from Heddon's Ben Haddock and Mark McEwen but they could not save the game.

At the top of the table, pacesetters Wark were idle - but their six-point lead stayed intact as their nearest challengers all faltered. Walker Central, Heaton Stannington and Carlisle City all failed to secure maximum points.

Second-placed Walker Central suffered only their second defeat away from home, losing 3-2 against Seaton Delaval.

Two early strikes by Mark Fenwick and Stephen Anderson put Delaval in charge, but they allowed Liam Mulligan and David Dormand to hit back for the Central before the break.

In the 74th minute Jordan Fry netted to restore the home side's lead.

Heaton Stannington extended an unbeaten run to seven games but were lucky to draw 1-1 with lowly hosts Murton, who were fired in front after only 15 minutes by Paul Wintrip.

The slender lead survived until the last minute, when a Christian Collins equaliser saved Heaton from a greater setback.

Carlisle City had lost only one of seven games prior to visiting Ponteland United - and a 4-2 defeat dented their title hopes. …

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