EASINGTON Colliery finished bottom in the STL Northern League Division Two and could well make an early return to the Wearside League after gaining promotion last season.
Their hopes ended in defeat to Crook Town, whose marksmen were Alex Marshall and Ben Riding.
The three East Durham sides are all in the doldrums, especially Horden CW after they conceded 11 goals to promoted Gillford Park in Carlisle.
It was never easy going to Cumbria, especially as the Colliers fielded only nine players.
Not surprisingly, the goals rained in from Gavin Barton (4), David Lynn (2), David Wallace, David Renyard, Michael Reed, Mark Shiel and Ryan Errington. Ian Tomelty was Horden’s sole marksman.
The highest Seaham Red Star will finish is third from bottom after they went down in their penultimate game to Darlington RA, for whom Garry Barnes and Stephen Allison both scored twice. Michael Chapman and Calvin Gowland replied.
Chester-le-Street are ending the season on a high after struggling near the bottom.
Their latest success came at North Shields, where Luke Wilson headed in the only goal past Ryan Beall, who in 11 appearances for the Robins has not been on the winning side.
Washington are level on points with the Cestrians after seeing off the challenge from Whickham, with strikes by Mick Evans, Chris Tait and Ben Richardson. Just before the end, Lawrence McKenna replied.