Durham Alliance Combination League: Wheatley Hill maintain pursuit of table-toppers Hall Farm

Hylton CW (red) look to create in last week's Over-40s League clash with Easington CIU
Hylton CW (red) look to create in last week's Over-40s League clash with Easington CIU
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Wheatley Hill WMC maintained their pursuit of leaders Hall Farm Glasshus with a hard-earned 3-1 success at Blackhill & Ebchester.

Two-goal star Lee Westgarth and Joe Smith grabbed the crucial goals, while Mark Coates hit the home consolation.

Wheatley trail the leaders by two points, having played a game more.

Bishop Auckland Reserves cruised to a 6-1 victory away to bottom club Billingham, inspired by man of the match Dale Sadler.

Adam Lee-Shield fired a hat-trick, supported by Reed Molloy’s double and a strike from sub Scott Winterburn.

Shaun Laverick netted for Billingham, whose star man was Dylan Dawson.

Hall Farm Glasshus went down twice to Durham City Reserves in Group One ties in the League Challenge Cup.

Mark Malanga and Daniel Lawlor hit the crucial goals as City won 2-1 at home, with Max Taylor City’s top performer.

The sides met again at Houghton on Wednesday, with City cruising home 5-0 to clinch top spot in the three-team section, still with a game to play.

Both teams, though, are through to the semi-finals.

Hall Farm have their Durham County Minor Cup final against Shildon Railway next Friday night at Eppleton CW (7.15pm kick-off).