Durham Alliance Combination League: Bulmer’s strength too much for Sunderland students

Alliance side Guide Post (pink) battle Gateshead Stone Trough in a recent Durham Minor Cup tie
Alliance side Guide Post (pink) battle Gateshead Stone Trough in a recent Durham Minor Cup tie
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Oddies revelled in a four-goal super show from Michael Bulmer to consolidate sixth place in the table.

Sunderland University were no match for the home side, although they held out until the 20th minute when man of the match Bulmer raced clear to fire home the opener.

Bulmer netted again on 35 minutes, pouncing after a fumble by the keeper, and he completed his hat-trick 60 seconds late, converting a right-wing cross.

Bulmer grabbed his fourth goal of the game to kill off the never-say-die students in the 70th minute, netting following a corner, and Martin Thompson’s drive from the edge of the box soon made it 5-0.

Scott Hembrough blasted in from 40 yards to extend the lead with 10 minutes to go, then David Vincent had the last word, smashing his shot into the top corner from the edge of the box on 88 minutes,

Washington AFC sprang a surprise at the start in their trip to Blackhill & Ebchester, catching the hosts cold in the first 10 minutes when a free-kick was played into the box and the visitors’ man of the match, Philip Marriott, stole the jump on his marker and headed into the top corner.

The goal, though, only woke Ebchester up, and they responded with good play at a high tempo, to lead 4-1 at the break. They added a fifth, but Washington were well up for the fight and deservedly pulled two goals back.

Blackhill, though, put the game beyond them with four more goals to run out 9-3 winners. Stephen Agnew and Daniel Parker hit doubles, backed by Anthony Snowball, Richard Parkin, Danny Castro, Daniel Reed and Daniel McDonough. Marriott (2) and Mark Wallis responded.

Michael Owens netted for Bishop Auckland Reserves in their close-fought 1-1 draw at home to Wheatley Hill WMC, with Dale Sadler the hosts’ star man. Lliam Cockerill struck Hill’s reply, with Joe Smith their man of the match.

Whitburn Village succumbed to a 10-1 defeat at Hartlepool Reserves.

Sherburn Village WMC enjoyed a 3-1 success at Hebburn Reyrolle to reach the the second round of the Durham County FA Trophy.

Hebburn started the game brightly and had Sherburn on the back foot early on, but Sherburn changed formation slightly for the second half, and it paid off as chance after chance fell to the visitors.

Finally, the breakthrough came on 62 minutes when Glenn Hendrix, clear through on goal, was brought down and a penalty awarded. Hendrix converted with a strike straight down the middle.

Sherburn were awarded another penalty and Hendrix stepped up to make it 2-0, with Alex Hird’s fine finish adding a third on 82 minutes before Reyrolle grabbed a late reply.

Coundon & Leeholme made good progress, too, beating Whickham Sporting Club 4-1, thanks to Morghan Claydon, Paul Bailes, Connor Hughes and sub Joe Hardaker.