SEAHAM Red Star are up to fourth in Division Two following Saturday’s seven-goal demolition of Willington at Hall Lane.
Adam Johnston (pen), Connor Winter and Lewis Wing had Mark Collingwood’s side well ahead before Willington’s goalkeeper David Moffat was sent off in the 44th minute.
Aidan Goodey took over and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net from the resultant penalty, again converted by Johnston.
Shaun Reay, Josh Home Jackson and Johnston, who completed a hat-trick, put Star into seventh heaven.
Had Washington made a better start to the season, they too would be challenging for promotion.
Their revival shows no sign of abating and they have now taken 35 points out of a possible 48 after hitting Stokesley SC for five with Mark Davison (2), Paul Wardle, Chris Winn and Paul Kane on the mark.
Ryan Rivis replied for the visitors.
Birtley Town were denied all three points when they conceded a 90th minute equaliser to Darlington RA’s Stephen Allison after the home side had led for more than an hour courtesy of Dylan Morse.
Chester-le-Street also ended 1-1 and they too were ahead for a long period. Tony Healer struck on five minutes and it was another 65 minutes before Whitehaven’s Lee Wolfe hit the equaliser.
North Shields made it 11 wins on the bounce to maintain a six-point lead at the top. Jarrow Roofing went in front through Liam McBryde and after Dean Holmes levelled, top scorer Gareth Bainbridge hit the winner.