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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Northbank hang on to claim win at Alnwick

Alnwick Res 0 Northbank 1: Northbank turned in one of their best performances of the season to claim the three points.

The Carlisle side were dominant throughout the first half and deservedly took the lead just before half-time when Cameron Wilson scored his 10th goal of the season, as he lobbed Alnwick keeper Woodcock.

Alnwick did threaten the Northbank defence more in the second half, but fine displays from McGarva and Irving ensured that the visitors kept a clean sheet.

Carlisle City 1 Hebburn 3: Carlisle City again slipped up at home as they were out-muscled by a strong Hebburn side. James had two early chances for City but they soon found themselves two goals down as Gray chested in Pegram’s corner, and Sweeney beat Greenall after a defensive mistake.

In the 32nd minute, City pulled a goal back as Carl Murphy’s corner flew in directly on the strong wind. City struggled to create many openings in the second period, although James had one close-range effort saved by Newbrook. The visitors wrapped up their win near the end as on-loan striker Sweeney shot past Greenall from 15 yards.

Whitley Bay 2 Harraby CC 1 (aet): Harraby fell at the semi-final stage of the Challenge Cup despite putting up a brave fight throughout.

Brown’s early shot for Harraby bounced back off the bar and Ferris had a header saved by Hammond. However, it was the home side who went ahead after 50 minutes when Smith’s cross was headed in by Davison.

Within three minutes, Harraby were level with a fine goal from Dan Balmer, who beat three men before scoring from 15 yards. Hammond saved a late shot from Ferris but the game went into extra-time and Jobson’s 25-yarder put Bay back into the lead. With two minutes to go, Balmer missed a penalty after Armstrong was brought down, and Bay progress to the final against Heaton Stannington.

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