EASINGTON Colliery were buoyed by a 5-1 friendly victory over a Shildon XI on Saturday.
Ian Redman, Mark Catcheside, Michael Patterson (2) and David Paul, with a tremendous free-kick from outside the penalty area which beat the wall and Shildon goalkeeper Rob Gustard, were the marksmen.
Silksworth CW will also be encouraged by their success over Northern League Second Division side Willington at Hall Lane, where they won with goals from Willie Crew and Rob Hall (penalty). Chris Hardy gave the home side an early advantage with a clinical finish from 25 yards.
Former Ryhope CW striker John Butler, who was a big hit when he moved to Bishop Auckland last season, is quickly into his stride, scoring both goals in the win at Tow Law Town, whose only reply was credited to Dean Thexton.