EASINGTON Colliery conceded their 100 per cent Wearside League record to leaders Stockton Town, who made it seven wins on the bounce in last night’s Welfare Park clash.
Kallum Hannah struck Town’s opener at the far post on 35 minutes and when the Colliers leaked a second goal to Tony Johnson just before the interval, Paul Frame’s side faced a formidable challenge.
There were chances at both ends in the second half, but Stockton held on to their two-goal cushion and, just before the end, Hannah headed in his second goal to complete an important 3-0 victory.
Silksworth CW leapfrogged Easington into third place, equal on points with second-top Whitehaven, who were without a game.
The Wearsiders were rampant at Leam Rangers and racked up seven goals – an impressive feat against a side who had conceded only 11 times in their first six matches.
Liam Gill led the way with a hat-trick, while Jordan Burney (2) and Liam Hodgson also among the goals.
Ashbrooke Belford House scored first through Lewis Hutchinson, whose right-foot shot eluded goalkeeper David Atkinson, but hosts Spennymoor Town Reserves roared back for a 3-1 victory.
Andrew Johnson struck twice in the space of five minutes just before the interval and Robert Thompson beat Belford goalkeeper Jonathan Williamson on the hour mark.
Sunderland West End lost 2-1 at Prudhoe Town, who celebrated their first win. Andrew Clarkson fired them in front before West End levelled with an own goal which followed a corner.
With 20 minutes remaining, Connor Powell broke clear of the visitors’ defence to fire the winner past goalkeeper Lee Burrell.
Harton and Westoe fielded only eight players on Saturday and crashed to a double-digit defeat, but they were much stronger last night and Horden CW had their work cut out before recording a 1-0 away success.
They clinched the points with an only goal by Carl Thomas, who volleyed past goalkeeper Kevin Garrick after being set up by John Pye.
Bottom club Harton ended with only nine players after having John Murray sent off on 80 minutes and Neil Crammon red-carded in the last minute.
Boldon CA twice came from behind to share the points in a 3-3 draw at Hartlepool, whose marksmen were Matthew Kelsey, Craig Lines (pen) and Paul Donaghy.
John Matthews levelled at 1-1 and in the second half he struck again for Boldon before Shaun Carroll converted a late penalty for the second equaliser.
Redcar Athletic won a nine-goal thriller 6-3 at Seaton Carew, who had Shannon Davis shown red when they led 2-0.
The visitors took advantage and racked up six goals courtesy of Adam Preston, whose hat-trick included two penalties, James Swann, Sam Webster and Jamie Lee.
Lee Jones, with a brace, and Craig Hutchinson netted for Seaton.
Wolviston celebrated their first win, defeating Richmond Town 4-1 with strikes by Ryan Hebb (2), James Donaldson and Robbie McIlroy. Scott Guy replied.
Annfield Plain held Cleator Moor Celtic to a goalless draw in Cumbria, but, despite their valiant efforts against top-six opponents, they slipped to second-bottom spot following wins by Wolviston and Prudhoe Town.
Harton and Westoe are now at the basement.