Wearside Combination League: Oddies grab cup final glory at champions’ expense

Oddies lift the Wearmouth and Hylton Aged Peoples Trophy. Picture by Tim Richardson
Oddies lift the Wearmouth and Hylton Aged Peoples Trophy. Picture by Tim Richardson
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ODDIES made sure their final memories of the Combination League were glorious – after an epic five-day run of success against champions Hendon.

Incredibly, the sides met three times in three different competitions, with the Durham Minor Cup holders coming out on top each time, lifting two cups in the process.

Firstly, Oddies sealed third place with a 3-2 victory in their final league match, away to Hendon, with star man Martin Hope, Michael Bulmer and Martin Thompson grabbing the goals.

That victory took them above Aquatic Sports, whose season ended a month ago, into third place.

The league win set Oddies up nicely for their cup final double against Hendon – and they came good again to make it a hat-trick of silverware for the season.

In Monday’s Wearmouth & Hylton Charity Cup final at Boldon CA, Hendon took an early lead through Leighton Cooney, whose shot from a tight angle beat the keeper in the top right-hand corner.

Oddies equalised on the stroke of half-time with a Kevin Morton penalty and, after a tight second period, they won the game in the 81st minute when a Michael Bulmer cross was headed in by Martin Thompson for a 2-1 victory.

The TWR Bifolds Challenge Trophy was up for grabs on Wednesday night, with Oddies easing to an eventual 3-0 success at the Billy Hardy Centre.

After surviving an early siege from Hendon, Oddies took the lead when Martin Thompson fired low past the goalkeeper on 20 minutes.

Oddies doubled their lead on the half hour mark when a Stephen Allan centre was knocked down to Andrew Smith, who fired hard and low into the bottom right corner of the net.

Oddies then sealed the game on 65 minutes when an Allan free-kick found Michael Bulmer, whose looping header into the far corner completed an historic treble for Oddies.

Dynamos Last Orders wrapped up their campaign with a superb victory, leaving hosts Park View bottom of the last ever table with just one point to show for all their efforts over the season.

Dynamos enjoyed another hat-trick from on-form striker Reece Young, with man of the match John Smith, Dane Old, Robert Garner and Ross Antliff also getting in on the act.

Liam Bell at least conjured up some last-day thrills for Park View, firing a hat-trick to deservedly land the man of the match nod.