Hebburn Town ease into cup semi-finals

Channon North
Channon North

Hebburn Town clinched their place in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup semi-finals with a hard-fought 3-1 victory at Thornaby last night.

Scott Oliver’s men took the lead, in the battle of two of the top sides in the Ebac Northern League Second Division, when Paul Chow headed home after 25 minutes.

Just after half-time, Channon North turned the ball home to double Hebburn’s lead, and Chow made it three before Josh Simpson scored a late consolation for Thornaby.

Hebburn return to league action on Saturday when they visit Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

In the TWR Bifolds Wearside League, third-top Hebburn Town Reserves lost 1-0 at home to second-placed Redcar Athletic, whose victory moved them three points above the Hornets.

Redcar are now three points behind leaders Cleator Moor Celtic, with two games in hand.

Hebburn are six points off top spot and have played four matches more than Redcar.

The all-important goal came in the very first minute, when Adam Preston made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Although Redcar had to play most of the second half with 10 men, when Sam Webster was sent off, Hebburn’s gallant fight could not bring an equaliser.

Harton and Westoe CW edged home 3-2 against visitors Stokesley SC, after falling 2-0 behind to two strikes from Jake Matthews, the first from 20 yards.

On the stroke of half-time, Liam Mulvane pulled one back for Harton, beating keeper Kieran Ezard to take them in at the break 2-1 down.

Seven minutes after the restart, Aaron Coulson levelled the scores, then, after 78 minutes, Coulson scored his second, after a good run from Gavin Strong, to clinch Harton’s win.

Elsewhere in the Wearside League last night, Annfield Plain were walloped 8-0 by rampant Hartlepool, Sunderland West End climbed above Boldon CA into fourth place with a 5-1 demolition of Wolviston and Leam Rangers edged home 1-0 away to Richmond Town.