Durham Alliance Combination League: Table-topping City too slick for never-say-die New Westlea

Durham City Reserves (red/black) attack the Seaham New Westlea defence at Maiden Castle last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
Durham City Reserves (red/black) attack the Seaham New Westlea defence at Maiden Castle last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Seaham New Westlea found the start of 2016 much like 2015 – as table-topping Durham City Reserves proved way too strong for the bottom club.

Westlea deserve immense credit for keeping fighting despite their plight, with City handing out a 14-0 beating on the all-weather pitch at Maiden Castle.

In the only match to get the green light, Michael Webster led the way with a five-goal haul for Durham, whose win took them 11 points clear of closest rivals Coundon & Leeholme, albeit having now played three matches more.

Sub Kieron McWaters and Mathew Huntley both weighed in with hat-tricks, with Adam Crathorne, Chris Pattinson and Brinsley Sheridan adding to the woes of never-say-die Westlea.

Keeper Martin Bell was outstanding for the visitors.

The Seaham side have now lost all 18 league games so far, with nine goals scored and 196 conceded.

However, they could yet finish off the bottom of the table as they are still to meet Washington AFC, who also remain pointless following 20 successive defeats.