Wearside Combination League: Hendon crowned the last champions, completing a title hat-trick

Champions Hendon (red/white) take on Aquatic Sports in a recent clash
Champions Hendon (red/white) take on Aquatic Sports in a recent clash
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HENDON clinched the last ever Combination League championship in convincing fashion.

A 6-0 drubbing of bottom club Park View sealed the deal for unbeaten Hendon, who still have two cups to aim for as the league winds down for the final time.

Star man Gareth Hill led the way for Hendon, hitting a clinical hat-trick, while Chris Wasey, Brett Chapman and Adam Cushingham added to the tally against a View side whose man of the match was Steven Harrison.

Hendon’s triumph – their third successive championship triumph made it 13 wins out of 15 league matches, with two draws, taking them eight points clear of Hall Farm, who have a game in hand.

Whitburn Village found life tough against resurgent Dynamos Last Orders but held firm to run out 5-3 home victors in their final game of the season.

The goals were shared around by Ian Whelan, Howard Staestrom, Anthony Chambers, Chris Usher and star man Connor Sutton, while Reece Young maintained his impressive form by firing a treble for the visitors, whose man of the match was John Smith.

Oddies, who could yet finish in place, edged home 4-3 in an entertaining game at University of Sunderland.

Man of the match Luke Taylor, Martin Thompson, sub Martin Hope and Michael Bulmer all got on the scoresheet for the Durham Minor Cup winners, while two-goal Emmanuel Tenny and Darlington Mgo grabbed the students’ consolations.

Jamie Hindmarsh starred for University.

Hall Farm landed the TWR Bifolds Subsidiary League title, securing a 4-1 victory in their winner takes all final game away to Corner Flag.

Both teams had won three out of three going into the decider, but Farm proved too strong for their hosts, with a comfortable success on the back of man of the match Lee Pearce’s hat-trick and a Mark Mhlanga strike.

That took them to 34 goals scored and just one conceded in their four Subsidiary games.

Three league games take place this weekend, before the last ever league match, between Hall Farm and University of Sunderland, goes ahead at Herrington CW next Saturday.

There are two cup finals in midweek, though, and Hendon tackle Oddies in both!

The sides meet at Boldon CA in Monday’s Wearmouth and Hylton Aged Peoples Trophy final (10.30am), then clash again for the TWR Bifolds Challenge Cup at the Billy Hardy Centre on Wednesday (6.30pm).