Another chance to see a match at a new venue following another fixture switch to a playable pitch. Hetton Juniors moved their Cup tie with Ferryhill Athletic to Hetton Lyons Country Park. Hetton Lyons was named after the landowner - John Lyon, who was the Great-Great-Great Grandfather of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, mother of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The park features a water sports lake, fishing lakes, orienteering course, play area and is also part of the national cycling network. There are two full size football pitches with the changing rooms down the stairs at the end of the Hetton Lyons Industrial Estate.
Hetton Juniors 3(Byrne 16 Southern 21 Pratt 76)
Ferryhill Athletic 1(Morland 8)
1st Division Challenge Cup 1st Round
Ferryhill took an early lead when a ball from the left was met by a first time shot which was well saved by the goalkeeper, but Adam Morland was on hand to net the rebound, even though he looked suspiciously offside.
Hetton turned the tie around, equalising when James Byrne was on hand to tap in, after a corner was headed towards goal, then five minutes later Jordan Southern raced in to net the rebound after the ‘keeper made another good save, which made it 2-1.
Just before half time the referee threatened to abandon the match after a Hetton fan took exception to a late tackle on the home goalkeeper. His abusive and over the top behaviour towards the Ferryhill manager saw the referee having to calm things down on the touchline.
This entertaining cup tie continued to sway back and forwards in the second half, with Hetton finally settling the tie with fifteen minutes left, when Jake Pratt rifled in a left foot shot to book their place in the 2nd round.