DURHAM City were again in scoring mode when they played Darlington RA in a pre-season friendly at New Ferens Park on Saturday.
Adam Furness’ men strode into a four-goal lead by the interval with Craig Ellison, Joe Hughes, Denver Morris and Ricky Fenwick all on target in a one-sided opening half.
Hughes made it five on 49 minutes and the total was taken to seven goals with strikes from Craig Hindmarch and Adam Ingram. RA’s only reply came from Darren Morton when his side trailed by six goals.
Easington Colliery did even better, putting eight goals past Durham Garden House as Paul Taylor rifled a hat-trick. Ryan Mather (2), Michael Pattison, Paul Muir and Keiron Getting were also on the mark.
Chester-le-Street were at the seaside and returned from Seaton Carew with honours shared. Craig Marron converted an early penalty for the Cestrians but Seaton then went 2-1 up courtesy of Shaun Wood and Dominic Laffin. Before the interval the visitors hit back for Andrew Grant Soulsby to level.
Silksworth CW comfortably defeated Hall Farm FC in the Wearside derby. Andrew Plaice, Dean Hannah (pen) and Dean Smith (pen) had their side three goals to the good before Richard Timm claimed an 85th consolation for the visitors.
Spennymoor Town fielded two sides. At the Brewery Field a late but fully deserved equaliser from Joe Walton, with a magnificent overhead volley, dented Evo Stik League visitors Kendal Town who led through Danny Coid and Danny Mitchley after Liam Henderson had given Jason Ainsley’s side the advantage.
Moors were also in action at Stockton Town and it was the Teessiders who emerged winners with goals by Chris Stockton, Callum Hannah, Max Craggs and Carlton McCabe. Ross Morrow scored both Moors goals, the second from the penalty spot.
Bishop Auckland and Whitby Town finished goalless but there was no shortage of goals for Brandon United, who saw off Coxhoe Athletic thanks to Andy Blackburn (2), Michael Webster and Alex Wilson.
Whitley Bay were another club to turn out two teams. Their seniors lost for the second successive week to Blyth Spartans, this time by a 3-0 margin with Lee Mason, Robbie Dale and Robbie Nolan the scorers. The second team, however, won 5-2 at Gateshead Leam Rangers where Justin Perry notched a hat-trick.