RYHOPE CW were in blistering form last night when they hit Boldon CA with a 10-0 defeat to regain pole position in the Wearside League.
Boldon, who are ninth from top, boasted the seventh best defensive record and in the early stages there was little to choose between the sides.
But once Martin Swales’ team went ahead on 25 minutes, they were unstoppable.
The goals flowed from John Butler and John Harrison, who both rifled hat-tricks, Nathan O’Neil with a brace, Martin Metcalfe and captain Phil Hall.
Boldon didn’t help their cause by conceding three penalties which were all converted past goalkeeper Jack Wells. His opposite number Lenny French had only one serious save to make.
Ryhope now have a one-point lead over Redcar Athletic with a game in hand on their only rivals for the championship. The Wearsiders have become the first side to score 100 goals and enjoy a significantly better goals difference than Redcar.
It was a good night for Wearside when Ashbrooke Belford House ended Cleator Moor Celtic’s recent successful sequence of results.
Dale Wells hit the crossbar with a 60th-minute penalty and when Tommy Dobbing’s side were awarded another spot-kick five minutes later, Lee Andrews made no mistake.
With 10 minutes remaining, Martin Deacon doubled the lead and the game was into stoppage time before John McDermott claimed a consolation goal for the Cumbrians.
Peterlee Town played a friendly at Seaham Red Star who won 2-1 with a couple of strikes from Tim Bowman after Luke Page had given the Newtowners a first-halfadvantage.
H WASHINGTON leapt three places in the STL Northern League Second Division with an excellent 3-2 victory over Gillford Park, whose hopes of claiming one of the three promotion places continue to fade.
Ben Richardson rounded goalkeeper Ian Milburn and fired into an empty net on 25 minutes before the Cumbrians hit back with an equaliser from Michael Reid, who gave keeper Chris Bannon no chance.
Almost immediately, Chris Tait drove in from the edge of the penalty area and Washington went 3-1 up when John Lydon set up Lee Hamilton and he made no mistake from close range.
With four minutes remaining, Reid was again on target for Gillford but Washington held on for a deserved 3-2 victory.
Horden CW remain second bottom after losing at North Shields who scored twice in each half, Keith Douglas netting twice.