Boldon CA pipped in epic, seven-goal Durham Challenge Cup tie

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Boldon CA were squeezed out of the Durham Challenge Cup last night, going down 4-3 to Hartlepool in a seven-goal all-Wearside League thriller.

Alex Marshall and Craig Wetherill both headed past Boldon goalkeeper James Lone in the opening 18 minutes, but, by early in the second period, the home side were level.

Adam Bell halved the deficit, beating goalkeeper Shaun Scotter with a well-placed header and, on 55 minutes, David Conroy struck a free-kick past the wall and keeper Scotter.

Pool introduced 17-year-old John Stephenson from the bench and his low drive re-established Hartlepool’s lead, only for Josh Houghton to deliver another direct free-kick into the net for Boldon.

At 3-3 and with 25 minutes left it was anyone’s game, but the impressive Stephenson came up trumps, firing the winner into the top corner on 78 minutes.

Second Division Hebburn Town succumbed to Northern League First Division high-fliers Shildon, who were made to work hard for a 3-0 victory.

Following a goalless opening period, Mark Doninger’s brace and one strike by Ben Wood eventually saw Shildon safely home.

Weaeside League side Harton and Westoe CW went out to Ebac Northern League Second Division outfit Brandon United, whose marksmen in a 3-1 victory were James Ellis, Keiran Weeks-Duffy and Ben Trotter.

Shaun Carroll (penalty) threw Harton a lifeline on 68 minutes, but Brandon were never seriously under threat.

Willington, from the Northern League, were no match for Hartlepool United Reserves, who romped to a 5-0 victory at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground. Scott Fenwick, Kudus Oyenuga (2), Dylan Elliott and Connor Smith were all on target.

l Easington Colliery host Jarrow Roofing tonight (7.30pm kick-off).