WASHINGTON moved to the fringes of the Second Division promotion race with last night’s five-goal romp at Birtley Town.
Leading scorer Chris Winn was again in top form in the derby. He opened the scoring for the visitors on 35 minutes and struck again five minutes later.
Worse was to follow for the home side, who trailed by three goals at the interval following Mark Davison’s 44th-minute effort.
The Birtley defence tightened up in the second period, but, late in the game, the Mechanics plundered two more goals in three minutes, with Winn completing a hat-trick and Michael Coghlan hitting the fifth.
Improving Chester-le-Street did Seaham Red Star a good turn by holding second-top Norton and Stockton Ancients to a 0-0 draw.
Cestrians goalkeeper Aidan Ames made a couple of excellent saves from Dale Mulligan to deny the Teessiders and his opposite number David Knight defied the visitors.
Norton remain second, two points behind Team Northumbria, while Red Star are third, three points adrift of Norton with as many games in hand.
Willington saw off Ryton and Crawcrook Albion 3-1 with goals by Adam Burnicle (2) and Matthew Mounter. Kallum Turnbull converted a penalty for Ryton’s only reply.
In Division One, John Butler’s hat-trick helped Bishop Auckland crush bottom-of-the-table Crook Town 6-0. Andy Johnson (2) and Jordan Galloway also netted.