Awesome Andy Appleby flair gives Seaham Red Star a nightmare in the STL Northern League

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IT gets no better for Seaham Red Star, who remain entrenched in the bottom three of the Second Division.

Kevin Turns’ side were hit for six by impressive Crook Town on Saturday and have now conceded 72 goals in 23 games.

Andy Appleby had the visitors two up by the 25th minute and Anthony Dobell made it three by half-time.

Appleby quickly completed his hat-trick in the second period and although Gary Anderson reduced the deficit, Crook – and Appleby in particular – finished strongly. Appleby took his personal total to four and, in the last minute, Adam Sanderson completed an emphatic 6-1 Crook victory.

Horden CW, beaten 4-1 by visitors Northallerton, are just above Seaham and have played several games more than the sides fighting to avoid the two relegation places.

Darren Mowbray’s penalty gave Northallerton a half-time lead, but the Colliers’ hopes were raised by Adam Croft’s 69th-minute leveller.

The visitors, though, dominated the final stages, scoring three times in the last six minutes through sub Gary Mitchell (2) and Peter Bulmer.

Washington are also in the bottom six after suffering a heavy defeat to fourth-top Team Northumbria.

Ian Davidson converted a penalty for the Newtowners, who were sunk by efforts from Mark Fenwick (2), Dean Critchlow, Tom Davies and Lee Scott.

Chester-le-Street maintained their top-half position despite losing 1-0 to Marske United, whose matchwinner was Ben Thompson in the 13th minute.

Danny Brunskill hit the post with a second-half penalty for Marske, while six corners came to nought for Chester.

Third-top North Shields created a club record in the Northern League – beating their 1968/69 best – when they extended their unbeaten sequence to 18 games in a 0-0 draw at Birtley Town.

Newton Aycliffe extended their lead in pole position, Warren Byrne’s hat-trick sinking Whitehaven 4-2 after trailing 2-0.