New Hartley take runners-up spot

NEW Hartley Juniors brought down the curtain on another successfull season with a 4-0 win over league champions Gateshead to gain runners-up spot in the Durham County Youth League.

With two games left last week, Hartley needed three points to confirm second place, and both were against the South Tynesiders.

Hartley were made to sweat though as Monday’s clash at The International Stadium saw the home side run out 2-0 winners meaning Hartley had to win the following night.

The return game saw centre half Ryan Keltie score twice in the first 20 minutes before Danny Young put Hartley three up just before half-time.

In the closing stages Will Deddes made it 4-0 .

As well as runners-up in the league, Hartley won the NFA Junior Cup, The Sunderland EyeInfimary Cup, The Lady Eden Cup as well as finishing League Cup runners-up. The club also won the Chester-le-Street tournament in August.

Coach Michael Woods said “It’s been a fantastic end to the season and myself and the players dedicated all trophies to John Maley, our long serving secretary who passed away in March

“I’d also like to give full credit to Johns sons, John and Michael, for ‘soldiering’ on, keeping us ticking over in what was a sad time for them.”

On Sunday, a charity match in John’s memory will be played at Hartley (11am) when the present Hartley side take on a Hartley select side made up of all Northern League players who have played for Hartley under John’s managment.

John Maley jnr and former Ashington and Whitley Bay boss Andy Gowens will manage the select side.