Durham Alliance Combination League: Three off in derby drama as Oddies sink Hall Farm

Guide Post (pink) battle to victory against Gateshead Stone Trough in the Durham Minor Cup. Picture by Kevin Brady
Guide Post (pink) battle to victory against Gateshead Stone Trough in the Durham Minor Cup. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Oddies edged a 1-0 derby success against high-flying Hall Farm in a match marred by three red cards.

The sides were evenly matched throughout a goalless first half, but Oddies were ahead six minutes into the second period.

Prolific marksman Michael Bulmer sensationally hit the bar with a volley from 40 yards, and team-mate Luke Taylor reacted quickest to turn home the rebound.

Taylor, though, went from hero to villain by landing a red card on the hour mark.

Oddies were down to nine men with 15 minutes left when star man Mark Swindle was sent off, but they held on to claim all three points.

Farm had Mark Mhlanga dismissed, with Chris Bewick their man of the match.

Coundon & Leeholme ran out 4-0 winners in a very competitive game at Wheatley Hill WMC.

Wheatley had their chances first half, but they were not able to take advantage. They never got out of the traps in the second half and Coundon capitalised to finish convincing victorsm with Paul Bailes (2), Kurt Matthews and Derek Wade all notching.

Sherburn Village WMC enjoyed a good away day, triumphing 5-0 at Sunderland University.

Star man Andrew Hope’s brace was supported by goals from Steven Turnbull, Glenn Hendrix and Ryan Grayson, with keeper Adam Capper outstanding for the students.

Durham City Reserves maintained pole position thanks to a close-fought 2-1 victory at Bishop Auckland Reserves.

Michael Webster and Andrew Brown did the damage, with Scott Connell replying. Jordan Wymer starred for Bishop, with Jeremy Allen best for the visitors.

Seaham New Westlea are still looking for their first point after succumbing to a 10-1 defeat to ruthless visitors Blackhill & Ebchester.

Ben Liddle bagged Westlea’s consolation, with keeper Paul Guy their man of the match.

Four-goal Stephen Agnew led the way for Blackhill, backed by Dan Parker (2), Daniel Reed, Danny Castro, Mark Coates and Anthony Snowball.

Washington AFC were also hit for double figures as Redcar Town won 10-0, with Stuart Poulter plundering seven goals.

Ben Sandie, Andrew Bell and an own goal completed the rout. Dylan Phipps stood out for Washington.

Brandon United Development claimed a fine win, edging home 3-2 against Hartlepool Reserves, who had Darren Howe and Dom Swinbourne on target.

Robson Brown, Thomas Flowers and Adam Burnham did the damage for Brandon.

Last night, Sunderland University drew 1-1 at Blackhill & Ebchester, whose marksman was sub Paul Middleton.

Guide Post progressed in the Durham County Minor Cup, pipping Gateshead The Stone Trough 3-2 in a hard-fought second round tie to reach the quarter-finals.

Whitburn Village crashed 3-0 at Gateshead Redheugh.