New Hartley in cup success

IN one of the few games of the day to beat the frost, Northumberland’s top junior side met Durham’s top junior side in the Durham County Junior Cup quarter-final, with a semi-final visit away to Benfield Saints as the prize.

New Hartley have reached this final three times in the last four seasons but finished runners-up on each occasion.

It was Hartley who took the lead on the half hour when a great run down the right from Simon Gallan saw his cross turned in by Danny Young.

Only five minutes later Hartley made it 2-0 thanks to an own goal from Paul Johnson.

League leaders Chester-le-Street, though, never gave up, and after hitting the post they pulled one back through Callum Patton.

But despite late pressure from the Durham side, Hartley managed to hang on to book a semi-final place.