Wearside Combination League: Hendon class floors Oddies to seal final place

Hendon (red/white) take on Oddies at Stannington Grove last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
Hendon (red/white) take on Oddies at Stannington Grove last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
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HENDON showed their strength to clinch a place in the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy final on Easter Monday.

The league leaders ran out convincing 4-1 semi-final victors against Oddies, with Graeme Thornton the man of the match.

The goals were spread around by Steven Clark, Gareth Hill, Robert McManus and Leighton Cooney, while star man Kevin Morton hit Oddies’ consolation.

Hendon now await the winners of this weekend’s semi-final between Hall Farm and Aquatic Sports. Farm twice beat Aquatic 3-1 in the league last month.

Aquatic Sports climbed back into second place in the league table, but their title chances appear to have vanished following a 2-2 draw at home to University of Sunderland.

The point took Aquatic level with Hendon, but the table-toppers, with a far superior goal difference, have three games in hand.

Star man Richard Lee and Jack Quinn struck for Aquatic, but the students secured their draw thanks to efforts from man of the match Frank Opoezie and Emmanuel Tenny.

The first match in the TWR Bifolds Subsidiary League saw Corner Flag edge home 2-1 against Whitburn Village, who had Howard Staestrom on target. Dale Wells stood out for the villagers.