Durham Alliance Combination League: Aaron clasps the initiative to give Farringdon lift-off

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Farringdon Detached secured a welcome 2-0 home derby triumph against Guide Post.

Aaron Clasper capped his man-of-the-match performance with both goals to seal only Detached’s third league win.

Gavin Foot starred for Guide.

Hall Farm showed no mercy in an 11-0 trouncing of luckless bottom club Seaham New Westlea.

Four-goal Lee Pearce led the way for Farm, backed by a hat-trick from sub Dean Smith. Martin Hope, two-goal Dan Callaghan and Josh Tuckwell also got in on the act, with Brian Carter star man as Farm rose to fifth place.

In midweek, Farm thrashed Sunderland University 6-0, with Lee Pearce (2), Richie Timm (2), Andrew Steele and Aaron Blakey notching.

Leaders Durham City Reserves maintained their title push with a hard-fought 2-1 derby win over Sherburn Village WMC.

City failed to capitalise on three free headers from corners, then Glenn Hendrix should have notched for Sherburn after a mistake, before Steven Turnbull headed a good chance over the bar.

Durham finally took the lead with a Mathew Huntley drive, then Josh Thompson had a header ruled out for a push. Huntley’s sweet strike doubled the lead, but Sherburn battled gallantly, pulling one back through Chris Brown. City, with Chris Pattinson star man, held on.

Wheatley Hill WMC ran out 4-0 victors against Brandon United Development in a well-fought match.

Star man Tom Ogden volleyed an early opener, with Lee Smith tapping in a second on 15 minutes.

Shaun Jackson extended the lead midway through the second period, then David Jackson’s delightful strike completed the scoring. Wheatley also hit the bar four times, while Brandon had a penalty saved by keeper Russell Blenkinsop. Thomas Flowers shone for United.

Brandon edged Whitburn Village 2-1 on Wednesday.

Sunderland University succumbed 4-1 to Hartlepool Reserves in only their second league match. Elliott Beddow (2), Thomas Hickey and Darren Howe netted for Pool.

Adam McKee notched for the students.

Hat-tricks from Stephen Agnew and Daniel Reed inspired Blackhill & Ebchester to a 10-2 romp at Wallsend Town. Anthony Snowball, Danny Castro, Richy Parkin and Daniel McDonough also notched.

Second-top Coundon & Leeholme revelled in Paul Bailes’ hat-trick in a 4-0 victory at Washington AFC, with Craig Robson also on target.

Redcar Town demolished Killingworth YPC 8-1, with Ryan Bennions’ hat-trick backed by goals from Richie Playforth (2), Stuart Poulter (2) and Clark Reader.