Smart Alex helps Farm stay on top

Hendon (red/white) take on Park View last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
Hendon (red/white) take on Park View last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
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HALL Farm maintained top spot in the league, on goal difference from Aquatic Sports, after coming through a tough battle, winning 2-1 at Whitburn Village.

Bailey Doyle struck for Whitburn, but Dean Smith and Alex McDonald earned Farm’s seventh win in eight league matches.

Ian Whelan shone for Whitburn, Steven Sinnott for Farm.

Aquatic Sports also made it seven wins out of eight with a 4-0 romp at Corner Flag, where Shaun Fisk’s brace was supported by efforts from Mark Fisk and sub Liam Laidler. Shaun McGregor was man of the match.

Oddies will carry the league flag into the Durham County Minor Cup semi-finals.

They came through a thrilling tie 4-3 after extra time away to Wardley, with man of the match Martin Thompson’s hat-trick backed by a strike from sub Darren Liddle, while University of Sunderland went out by the same score at Shildon Railway.

Railway stormed two ahead by the break, but the students pulled one back. The hosts added a third, but University again cut the deficit before being sunk by a crucial, late fourth goal.

Hendon completed a 12-0 aggregate success against Park View to cruise into the semi-finals of the Wearmouth and Hylton Charity Cup.

They won the second leg 4-0 at home, with Adam Cushingham’s well-taken treble added to by sub Brett Chapman. Graeme Thornton stood out for Hendon, Liam Bell for Park View.

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