SAM Mannion helped himself to four goals as Hexham cruised into the fourth round of the Northumberland FA Minor Cup on Saturday.

They put Heaton Hawks to the sword in a clinical 10-1 victory on Tyneside.

There was also a brace for Calum Armstrong in the match, which went Hexham’s way from the kick off.

Callum Duncan put the visitors ahead on two minutes, before Mannion bagged his first of the game just three minutes later. Armstrong made it 3-0 on nine minutes as Hexham made light work of the North-East Combination League Division One side.

But Hexham, who started the tie as favourites, didn’t add to their tally until the half hour mark, when Mannion netted his second goal.

Armstrong struck again on 36 minutes, before Mannion added his third and fourth goals either side of half time.

Lewis Furness, Will Turnbull, and Kurtis Harvey all notched in the second half.

“It always helps when you start the game well,” said the Northern Alliance Division One side’s manager Martin Lowes. “We scored very quickly and played some one touch and two touch football at pace during the first half. We weren’t quite as decisive in the second half but we scored some good goals.”

The match was played on a 4G pitch at Walker due to heavy rain at the weekend, with both teams contributing to the cost of the facility to ensure the fixture went ahead.