Durham Alliance Combination League: Two-goal Hope steers Hall Farm Glasshus into Durham County Minor Cup final

Hall Farm (blue) take on Coxhoe Athletic earlier this season. Picture by Tom Banks
Hall Farm (blue) take on Coxhoe Athletic earlier this season. Picture by Tom Banks
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Hall Farm Glasshus are through to the biggest game in their history – the Durham County Minor Cup final.

The Sunderland side outgunned Felling Magpies 3-0 in their semi-final at Leyburn Grove and will meet Shildon Railway in the final.

Chris Bewick produced a man-of-the-match performance to inspire Hall Farm, who won well, thanks to strikes from two-goal Martin Hope and Liam Wooton, with Lee Smith keeping a clean sheet.

The other semi-final saw Crook and District League outfit Shildon Railway overcome visitors Stockton West End A 3-1.

Ross Hutchinson, Terry Gillan and Morghan Claydon steered Railway through before the Teessiders responded late on.

There were two League Challenge Cup ties played, both in Group Two.

Adam Lee-Shield’s double set up a 5-2 success for Bishop Auckland Reserves at Blackhill & Ebchester, supported by efforts from Thomas Fisk, Jon-Paul Gabrielle and star man Stuart Maughan.

Stephen Agnew fired both consolations for Blackhill, whose top performer was Stuart McKenna.

Table-toppers Wheatley Hill WMC won 4-2 at West Auckland Tunns, who ended up with nine men following dismissals for Andrew Howard and Joe King.

Andrew Campion hit both goals for Tunns, but Lee Westgarth’s hat-trick sparked the visitors, with John Davies also on target. Robert Mawson stood out for Wheatley.