Durham Alliance Combination League: Westlea make Oddies for big victory

Oddies (red/black) fight it out with Blue House in the Over-40s League last week
Oddies (red/black) fight it out with Blue House in the Over-40s League last week
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Oddies maintained their surge up the table with a double-figure beating of Seaham New Westlea.

Yet lowly Westlea made life tough for the visitors throughout in a hard game, having the better of the early stages and only being denied an open by a fine save on the line.

Goalkeeper Chris Cooke was deservedly Seaham’s man of the match, and things are definitely looking up for the club for the rest of the season, with a new manager on board.

Hat-tricks from Martin Thompson and Michael Bulmer led Oddies home to an 11th win in 16 league games with Paul Taylor netting twice. Sub Aaron Donkin, Peter Harding and Kevin Morton also scored, with Andrew Smith star man.

Oddies are seventh, 10 points adrift of leaders Durham City Reserves but with three games in hand.

Sherburn Village WMC were rewarded for switching their home game against Wallsend Town to the all-weather pitch at Meadowfield, running out 6-0 winners.

Sherburn needed only six minutes to go ahead, with a well-taken Glenn Hendrix goal. It was 2-0 three minutes later, as Ryan Grayson’s cross was put over the line by a luckless defender for an own goal.

Wallsend’s young team had a couple of good chances to pull one back, but were denied by fine saves from keeper Dave Pritchard, before a great strike by debutant Jamie Taylor made it 3-0..

Pritchard again denied Wallsend with a good stop before Sherburn took control again, Alex Hird smashing home after fine work down the right.

Further goals from Hendrix and Hird completed the scoring. Dan Rooney starred for Sherburn.

Farringdon Detached cruised to a 7-2 derby success at home to Sunderland University.

Keeper Adam Capper impressed for the students, whose scorers were Gary Topping and Adam McKee.

Brandon United Development were too strong for lowly Washington AFC, easing to a 6-1 home victory.

Phillip Smith netted for Washington, but Adam Burnham’s double led Brandon home, backed by strikes from star man MacAuley Ashton, Robbie Barrass, sub Thomas Flowers and Kyle Tindale. John Lines shone for the visitors.

Richy Parkin netted for Blackhill & Ebchester in their 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool Reserves, whose marksmen were Elliott Beddow, Aaron Doyle and Dom Laffin.

Blackhill had Dan Parker sent off.

Redcar Town romped to an 8-0 win at Richmond Mavericks in the North Riding Challenge Cup.