HEXHAM Phoenix were denied a place in the final of the county cup as they met their match at the weekend.

They lost 5-1 at home in their Northumberland FA Sunday Cup to Burradon and New Fordley, with Callum Duncan hitting the hosts’ consolation.

Bardon Mill Bowes Lyons need just one point from their final three league games to be crowned Division One champions.

Dan Kirkup scored four times and man of the match Ricky Hayes, Ollie Cartwright, Jamie Ellwood and Sam Austin also netted as they defeated Mickley Social Club 8-2. Mickley’s star man Michael Gilroy hit both goals for his side.

The race for second spot heated up as third placed Prudhoe Town closed the gap on Hexham Phoenix to two points after their 6-3 victory over Barrasford.

Sam Moore scored two and Simon Weatherley, Ben Bloomer, Danny Driver and an own goal contributed to the final scoreline, while Eli Timmins-Scanlon was man of the match.

For Barrasford, star man Marc Nixon, Will Forsyth and Hamish Forsyth netted.

Division Two leaders Heddon St Andrew’s title charge were boosted when they were awarded three points as hosts Rose and Crown Bellingham were unable to field a team.

Riding Mill moved into the other promotion spot as man of the match Dale Dodds hit four goals during the 7-2 thumping of Ponteland Village.

Scott Douglas scored twice and Liam Henderson once, with Ponteland’s goals coming from Micky Johnson and Dan Brookwell.

Ponteland United Stamfordham moved off the foot of the table with a second successive victory, Karl Hunter, Scott Sinclair, Rob Reay and Harry Fox scoring their goals in a 4-2 victory over Wylam Black Bull. Jay Ferguson was named Stamfordham’s star man. Bull’s man of the match Steven Henderson hit both of his side’s goals.

A hat-trick from man of the match Jack Henderson helped Crawcrook Social Club to a 5-0 win over Ryton Michelangeol’s in the R&R Hands Trophy. David Mitchell and Ross Thompson also registered.

Goals from man of the match Jack Barker, Mark Storey and Liam Stephenson secured a 3-1 victory for Division One side Haltwhistle Railway over Hexham Hearts, who had Kieran Robley on target and Dean Pattison starring.