Durham Alliance Combination League: Hope gives Hall Farm inspiration

Durham City Reserves (red/black) take on Seaham New Westlea two weeks ago
Durham City Reserves (red/black) take on Seaham New Westlea two weeks ago
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Hall Farm began 2016 in style, securing a thrilling 4-3 win away to Blackhill & Ebchester.

On a day when four games beat the bad weather, Hall Farm’s 12th success of the season moved them up into second place in the table, 10 points behind leaders Durham City Reserves with two games in hand.

Martin Hope maintained his recent good form for Hall Farm, striking twice, with Dan Smith and sub Dean Smith also on the scoresheet, while Josh Tuckwell was man of the match.

Stephen Agnew bagged a couple for Blackhill, with Daniel Parker also netting and Richy Parkin their star man.

Leaders Durham City Reserves were held to a hard-fought 2-2 draw by Redcar Town, who sit fourth, 13 points behind but with five games in hand.

Andrew Brown and star man Mathew Huntley notched for City, but Stuart Poulter and sub Alex Anderson made it all square.

Oddies enjoyed a fine 3-1 victory at Hartlepool Reserves to kick off their year in fine fashion.

Michael Bulmer maintained his impressive goalscoring record with a double, with Luke Taylor also notching.

Andrew Smith was the visitors’ man of the match in an excellent all-round team performance which handed Pool a first defeat since October.

Jake Larkin struck the home side’s consolation.

Wheatley Hill WMC pipped visitors Bishop Auckland Reserves 4-3 in an entertaining clash.

Liam Woodfine capped an outstanding display for Bishops by notching a hat-trick.