New Hartley lose six-year reign as NFA Junior Cup winners

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For the first time in six years there will be a new name on the NFA Junior cup after holders New Hartley crashed out in Saturdays semi-final at Wallsend.

Hartley, who have incredibly won the trophy for the last six seasons, fell behind on the half hour as Matty Briggs fired Wallsend in front.

The visitors got back into the game when Tom Potter levelled from the spot, and just before half-time Hartley’s top scorer Adam Bains put his side in front.

The second half saw Wallsend press for an equaliser and it came to send the tie into extra time where they grabbed a third to secure a place in next month’s final against Newcastle Benfield.

A dejected John Maley of New Hartley said: “We didn’t play well on the day and didn’t really deserve to win.

“It is disappointing to give up the trophy we’ve won for the last six years, but best of luck to Wallsend who deserve to go through.”