Durham Alliance Combination League: Oddies double up to maintain impressive title challenge

Over 40's football action in the Alan Spedding Cup Final between Dubmire WMC (yellow/black) and Heaton Stannington
Over 40's football action in the Alan Spedding Cup Final between Dubmire WMC (yellow/black) and Heaton Stannington
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Oddies maintained their title surge with two wins, including an excellent 2-1 victory at Sherburn Village WMC.

Martin Thompson and Stephen Allan did the damage, with Jay Martin man of the match. Mark Wild replied for Sherburn, whose top performer was Scott Redmayne.

On Wednesday, Oddies outgunned Guide Post 10-1 in a Sunderland derby, with four goals apiece from Michael Bulmer and Thompson.

Scott Hembrough and Luke Taylor also notched.

Oddies are on 63 points with seven games to go, two behind Redcar Town, who have six games left, and five adrift of long-time leaders Durham City Reserves, who only have two matches to play.

Hall Farm drew 1-1 at Killingworth YPC, with star man Alex McDonald on target for the visitors.

Derek Wade notched for Coundon & Leeholme in a 1-1 draw at Redcar Town, whose marksman was Mitchel Morris. Coundon then outgunned Seaham New Westlea 7-0 on Monday, with five-goal Craig Robson backed by Kevin Hallimond and Darren Simpson.

Guide Post impressed in a 3-0 win over Blackhill & Ebchester as Reece Young, Jesse Cutler and Ross Antliff notched, while Liam Mutimer was star man. On Monday, though, they were outgunned 5-0 by Killingworth YPC.

Thomas Fisk’s hat-trick helped Bishop Auckland Reserves to a 7-0 win at Wallsend Town. Danny Wales, Dale Sadler, Robert Gibson and Ben Thompson also netted.

Wheatley Hill WMC enjoyed two wins in a double header against Washington AFC, triumphing 4-0 and 6-1.

Peter Crawford, Lee Westgarth, Cameron Burnside, Joe Smith, Kyle Middleton and David Jackson all netted.

Wheatley, though, were pipped 3-2 by Redcar Town two nights later, with Westgarth and Middleton replying to strikes from Stuart Poulter (2) and Matthew Sullivan.

Never-say-die Seaham New Westlea succumbed 5-1 to Wallsend Town on Wednesday, their 25th defeat on 26 league games.

Hall Farm’s League Challenge Cup final dream ended with a 1-0 semi-final loss to Sherburn Village WMC, with star man Jamie Taylor the matchwinner. Sherburn now meet Oddies in the final at the Billy Hardy Complex on Saturday, May 21 (noon).