Durham Alliance Combination League: Blackhill in Tatters as Hall Farm hit five to reclaim pole position

Rolls Royce (blue) battle against Houghton Cricket Club in the Over-40s League last weekend
Rolls Royce (blue) battle against Houghton Cricket Club in the Over-40s League last weekend
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Hall Farm Glasshus regained top spot in the league thanks to a convincing home win over Blackhill & Ebchester.

With leaders Wheatley Hill WMC and second-top Durham City Reserves in cup action, Hall Farm capitalised to move two points clear in pole position with their 5-0 romp.

Andrew Tatters bagged a well-taken brace, with Ian Canavan, star man Dean Smith and Chris Bewick also netting.

Sherburn Village WMC are up to fourth place on the back of an entertaining 5-3 win over newcomers Billingham.

Man of the match Scott Arnott fired a crucial double for Sherburn, backed by efforts from Jamie Taylor, Ed Mustard and Keagan Spencer.

Two-goal Shaun Laverick and Martin Howson responded, with Mark Brocklesby top man for the Teessiders.

Wheatley Hill WMC maintained their impressive start to the season by securing an excellent away victory in the first round of the South Durham Bowl. Richard Carr’s brave proved crucial in a 5-2 success at league rivals Bishop Auckland Reserves.

John Davies, Gary O’Neil and star man David Jackson also notched, while Reed Molloy and sub Thomas Fisk bagged Bishops’ consolations. Jonathon Brown was their top performer.

West Auckland romped to an 8-0 victory at Wearhead United, from the Crook and District League. Gary Proudfoot led the way with a well-taken hat-trick, supported by doubles from Paul Jordan and star man Andrew Taylor.

Jordan Maughan also got in on the act for West.

Durham City Reserves had to graft hard to beat another Crook League side, Bishop Auckland Welcome Tavern.

Philip Smith ran the show for City, with goals from Liam Butler and Glen Lewis securing a 2-1 triumph.