BARDON Mill Bowes Lyons built on last week's success to record another victory as they look to retain their 2019 championship.

The Lyons were denied a second successive title due to last season being declared null and void.

After last week's 3-0 victory over newly promoted Wark, they travelled to Heddon.

This week's contest was not plain sailing, though, and the away side were put to the sword right to the end in a close contest.

In a match that was described as an "absolute grind" playing in a brutal wind, Bardon Mill found themselves trailing twice.

Goals from Currah, Irwin and Kirky provided promise for the the Lyons, but it was a later header from man of the match Barker that sealed the win.

Post match, Bardon Mill's Twitter account stated: "Bullet dodged today for us in a really hard game. Gifting them two poor goals and not making the most of our half with the wind made for a hard fought game. But the lads dug in as they always do to grind it out."

A goal and a man of the match performance from Will Hedley wasn't enough to get Heddon over the line.

However the side can take pride from their promising start to the season.

They said: " No idea how we came away with nothing, with the game hinging on a big decision at the end of the first half. "

Bardon Mill Bowes Lyons will welcome Riding Mill at home next week in the cup.

Prudhoe Halfway House continued their consistent start to the campaign in another high scoring league match.

A second man of the match from Josh Mottram in two games saw the Way towards a 6-1 victory over Wark.

Three goals from Kieran Russel and goals from Brad Rogers and Scott Douglass, and an own goal, added to Wark's woes.

Tom White's penalty save for Riding Mill proved pivotal as they posted a 2-1 victory over Haydon Bridge.

Goals from Dale Dodds and Paul Britten, and a man of the match for Nathan Riley, saw the side record a second consecutive win.