Durham Alliance Combination League: Gill thrill as Bishops keep up forward momentum

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Bishop Auckland Reserves climbed to fifth place with victory in the only league game to beat last week’s bad weather.

They handed out a 6-0 defeat to Washington AFC, who suffered their 20th straight defeat in the league this season.

Star man Liam Gill led the way with a double for Bishop, backed by efforts from Reed Molloy, Dale Sadler, Louis Fitzgerald and sub Sean Tarling.

Keeper Richard Corrigan was Washington’s stand-out performer, working brillaintly to keep the score down.

In all, only three of the scheduled games were played because of the unplayable pitches, with the heavy wind adding to the problems.

The other two games were in the quarter-finals of the Durham County Trophy.

Coundon & Leeholme knocked Wearside League outfit Spennymoor Town Reserves out with a convincing 3-0 home success.

Paul Bailes, Connor Hughes and sub Joe Hardaker came up trumps for Coundon, whose man of the match was Darren Simpson.

Sherburn Village WMC also netted three times against Wearside League opposition, but Hartlepool edged through 4-3 on the 3G surface at Ushaw Moor’s Bobby Robson Centre.

Two-goal Ryan Grayson and Glenn Hendrix struck for Sherburn, with Daniel Chester their star performer.