Durham Alliance Combination League: Hope leads the way in Hall Farm rout

Hall Farm's poppy shirt from their fund-raising efforts for the Royal British Legion
Hall Farm's poppy shirt from their fund-raising efforts for the Royal British Legion
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Hall Farm roared back to winning ways with a 5-0 demolition of Washington AFC.

Star man Martin Hope led the way with a double, with Mark Mhlanga, Dean Smith and an own goal making it five. John Lines was man of the match for Washington.

In midweek, Hall Farm wore poppies on their shirts for their goalless draw with Bishop Auckland Reserves, raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

Adam Elliott stood out for Farm, with Shaun Pickford top man for the visitors.

Seaham New Westlea’s troubles continued with another big defeat, but they deserve massive credit for turning up each week and fighting all the way.

Though Blackhill & Ebchester romped to a 16-0 win, 10 goals up by half-time, Westlea will target this weekend’s clash with fellow strugglers Washington AFC for the potential of breaking their duck.

Richard Parkin hit seven for Blackhill, with Michael Hannant (3), Stephen Agnew (2), Dan Parker (2), Daniel Reed and Robbie Blemmings also netting.

Chris Cooke stood out for Westlea.

Coundon & Leeholme revelled in a six-goal super show from Paul Bailes as they overwhelmed Guide Post 12-0.

The Sunderland side could not handle the clinical Bailes, who was backed by efforts from Connor Hughes (2), Craig Robson, Morghan Claydon, Stephen Butler and Kurt Matthews. Liam Collinson was outstanding in Guide’s goal.

Oddies were pipped 3-2 by visitors Redcar Town, whose bright start brought a two-goal lead by the 25-minute mark, thanks to Stuart Poulter and an own goal.

The game developed into a dogfight, with Oddies pulling one back just before halg-time. They levelled with 20 minutes to go, but Redcar had the final word, with Matthew Brookes firing a late winner.

Stephen Allan and Mark Swindle struck for Oddies.

Bishop Auckland Reserves outgunned lowly visitors Wallsend Town 9-2, led by a hat-trick from Reed Molloy.

Man of the match Dale Sadler added a brace, with Shaun Pickford, Liam Gill, Chris Quinn and Thomas Fisk also on target.

Brandon United Development and Sunderland University shared the spoils in a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Gary Topping notched for the students, whose star man was keeper Nick Greenwood, with Adam Burnham replying.

Hartlepool Reserves progressed in the Durham Minor Cup, beating Bishop Auckland Welcome Tavern 4-2, with Elliott Beddow’s hat-trick complemented by a Dan Butler strike.

Brandon exited the Minor Cup in midweek, going down 5-0 to Wearside League club Seaham Red Star Reserves.