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Jeff Stelling reaches Middlesbrough on his 'ten marathon in ten days' challenge

Jeff reaches the Transporter Bridge Credit: Tyne Tees

The sports journalist and television presenter Jeff Stelling, who is from Hartlepool, is doing well on day one of his challenge to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The football journalist and TV personality says he will walk ten marathons in ten days - starting in Hartlepool.

The 260-mile journey will take in more than 30 football clubs, all of which are supporting his efforts to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Day one sees the walkers set off from Hartlepool United, pass Middlesbrough FC and end at Marske.

As you can see from the photos - he has already reached the Transporter Bridge and The Riverside in Middlesbrough!

Jeff passing the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on his 260 mile journey Credit: Tyne Tees

Hartlepool fail to complete comeback vs Notts County

Notts County survived a Hartlepool comeback to win 3-2 at Victoria Park.

Goals from Jon Stead and Liam Noble had the Magpies cruising after 14 minutes but the hosts were level when Jake Gray and Billy Paynter netted in quick succession.

Stead restored Notts' lead and settled the game with a 80th-minute header.

A general view of a programmes stand at Victoria Park Credit: PA


Hartlepool through to FA Cup third round

Hartlepool United's Matthew Bates and Salford City's Gary Stopforth battle for the ball Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Hartlepool netted two goals in extra-time to edge past Northern Premier League side Salford City 2-0 at Victoria Park, taking them into the third round of the FA Cup.

The League Two strugglers, beaten 4-0 at Portsmouth on Saturday, were second-best for 90 minutes as former Pools midfielder James Poole drilled the ball over the crossbar from eight yards and Richie Allen grazed the post with a deflected free-kick.

Ronnie Moore's side finally began to threaten in extra-time and a superb cross from Rhys Oates picked out Scott Fenwick and he powered home a header.

Salford - who are part-owned by Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt - threw men forward which allowed Pools to grab a second on the break as Brad Walker's superb pass found Mikael Mandron and he expertly volleyed in to secure a third-round clash at home to Derby.

Hartlepool 1 - 1 Salford City

Salford City's Scott Burton (left) and Hartlepool United's Jake Gray battle for the ball Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Salford City's historic FA Cup run remains alive after the part-timers held Hartlepool to a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane.

The Sky Bet League Two visitors took the lead in the eighth minute of the second round tie through Rhys Oates' penalty, before Stephen O'Halloran equalised from close range in the 23rd.

Hartlepool passed up several decent chances to win it in the second half and Salford keeper Jay Lynch saved well from Jake Gray, while Chris Lynch and James Poole went close for the hosts.

The eventual result was no less than Salford - who had never gone beyond the third qualifying round before this season - deserved as they put in another hugely creditable performance to follow up their memorable 2-0 victory over Notts County in round one.

And although a tough replay at Hartlepool awaits, they know their name will be in the hat alongside those of Barclays Premier League sides when the draw for the third round is made on Monday.

Pools began the game in purposeful fashion, going in front early on when Oates - on his 21st birthday - got the better of Steve Howson, was tripped by Andy Dawson in the box and tucked away the resulting spot-kick himself.

Hartlepool United's Jake Gray attempts to take the ball from Salford City's Richie Allen Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press

It was an ominous-looking start for Salford, but they responded well and not long after Danny Webber had just failed to get a touch to Chris Lynch's header across the visitors' goal, O'Halloran popped up with the equaliser, sliding in to covert Dawson's knock-down from a free-kick. With the home side getting on top Gary Stopforth's header deflected wide, but Hartlepool threatened again towards the end of the first half as a Salford defender nodded a corner narrowly over his own bar and Oates then struck off target.

Soon after the interval Adam Jackson fired wide of the Salford goal and home keeper Jay Lynch then produced a superb stop to keep out Jake Gray's fierce shot.

Lewis Hardcastle could not get enough power on his strike when in space at the other end, and Hartlepool then passed up an even better chance as substitute Rakish Bingham headed over.

Chris Lynch unleashed a swerving long-range effort in the 77th minute that was heading in, but Trevor Carson tipped over to deny the home captain.

Ex-Hartlepool man Poole then sent a free-kick just wide in the last few minutes.

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