Desmond decker as Wearside League programme suffers wipe-out

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All seven games in the Wearside League were postponed on Saturday, and two of the four Durham County Trophy quarter-final ties also fell victim to storm Desmond.

Spennymoor Town Reserves disappointed in going down 3-0 away to Durham Alliance League high-fliers Coundon & Leeholme.

Hartlepool reached the semi-finals with a dramatic 4-3 victory over another Alliance outfit, Sherburn Village WMC.

The gale-force wind put the game in doubt, even on the 3G artificial pitch at Ushaw Moor’s Bobby Robson Centre, but the referee ruled that play could take place and within four minutes Pools were ahead.

Callum Sweeney struck from a free-kick and, as they dominated the opening half, the visitors doubled their lead on 44 minutes when Sam Cook struck from close range.

Sherburn Village roared back during the second period and, by the 66th minute, were level courtesy of a brace of goals from the on-form Ryan Grayson.

Eighteen minutes from the end, Sherburn took the lead for the first time with Glenn Hendrix driving a spot-kick wide of Pool goalkeeper Mitchell Rooks.

At this stage, it appeared that the hosts would go through, but Pool produced a barn-storming finish.

In the last minute of normal time, Craig Wetherill equalised and, in added time, Carl O’Sullivan fired home the winner from the edge of the penalty area.

The other two ties, with Silksworth CW at home to Stockton West End and Seaham Red Star Reserves meeting Wolviston, will be played this coming Saturday.

Blyth Spartans maintained their title push in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, winning 2-0 at Marine.

Daniel Maguire rocked the Liverpool side with a 25th-minute opener, and Michael Richardson made sure of the points with a second goal 11 minutes from time.

Blyth are two points clear of second-top Nantwich, with two games in hand.

Spennymoor Town had two men, Joe Tate and on-loan Hartlepool United midfielder Lewis Hawkins, sent off in their 1-0 Division One North defeat at Warrington.

Their first away defeat, after five wins and four draws, saw Moors slip to seventh place. Moors host Ossett Town in the Integro Doodson League Cup tomorrow night.