Hartley take early lead in league table

NEW Hartley Juniors moved to the top of the league in midweek by beating Bedlington Terriers Under-18s.

Terriers got off to a dream start when after only 15 seconds they were awarded a penalty to go one up.

Hartley settled down and levelled on 20 minutes through Brad McClelland, then five minutes later a great finish from Marc Heaman put Hartley in front.

Another great advert for junior football was on show and it was McClelland that put the game out of reach with his second and Hartley’s third to make the final score 3-1.

On Saturday saw Terriers claimed their first three points with a 6-1 win over Birtley while Hartley made sure they stayed top with a 8-0 thumping in their first ever visit to Murton.

Man of the moment McClelland opened the scoring from the spot with Tom Devitt making it two on his debut.

The floodgates opened in the second half with a double from James Job and a goal each from Liam Dewhirst, Michael Dunworth, Curtis Coppen and Andy Beading.

Hartley are next in action on Saturday against Harton & Westoe at Seghill Welfare, kick-off 2pm, due to Hartley’s pitch being unavailable.

The Northumberland FA youth team open their season when they take on Shankhouse from the Northern Alliance on Thursday in a friendly at Blue Flames, Benton, with a 6.45pm kick-off.