Durham Alliance Combination League: Bulmer, Taylor maintain Oddies’ outstanding form

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Oddies maintained their brilliant start to the new league, recording an outstanding victory over highly-rated Coundon & Leeholme.

Oddies, beaten just once in their first 12 games, saw off last season’s Durham Alliance champions 2-1, thanks to goals from Michael Bulmer and Luke Taylor, with Paul Bailes replying. David Vincent stood out for Oddies, who may be 10 points off top spot but have four games in hand.

Leaders Durham City Reserves cruised to a 10-0 victory at Blackhill & Ebchester.

Their fast-tempo start brought and opening goal and a penalty inside 10 minutes, proving their title credentials with an excellent workmate and fluid movement which caused endless problems for the hosts.

Michael Webster stole the show with four goals, backed by braces from Kyle Patton and Michael Huntley, with Craig Mountain and Andy Brown completing the scoring. Richy Parkin stood out for Blackhill.

Hall Farm consolidated seventh place with their eighth win in 12 games, edging home 1-0 at Sunderland neighbours Guide Post, for whom David Sewell was man of the match.

Brian Carter bagged the only goal, with Adam Elliott star man for Farm.

University of Sunderland opened their league campaign on a winning note, securing an excellent 4-2 success at Wallsend Town.

The students took an early lead and built a four-goal lead – all scored by Nick Aiston – before withstanding a fightback from the Tynesiders which got them back to within two goals. Joe Hunt shone for University.

It was unlucky 13 for Seaham New Westlea as they succumbed to a 13th successive defeat, 7-0 to Redcar Town.

Seaham held firm for 25 minutes, but Adam Cheung’s opener was added to by Richie Playforth, a Cheung penalty and Andy Bell’s goal before half-time. Further strikes from Cheung, Ryan Bennions and Ben Sandie completed the scoring, with keeper Paul Guy’s tremendous performance keeping the score down.

Bishop Auckland Reserves handed out a 13th defeat to the other team without a point, Washington AFC.

Doubles from Sam Joyce and Liam Gill were supported by a Liam Woodfine strike as Bishop won 5-0, with Shaun Pickford star man.

Whitburn Village lost 3-0 at home to Brandon United Development, who leapfrogged their hosts into 11th place in the process. Whitburn had Barry Sutton off, with Adam Burnham, Kieron Hurton and Dylan Dowd netting.