Northern League: Smith doubles up to keep up Easington Colliery’s perfect start

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Easington Colliery are setting the pace in Division Two and they chalked up a hat-trick of wins by defeating Hebburn Town 3-0 away.

Shaun Smith, with a brace, and Liam Gill did the damage and Easington have now struck eight times and conceded only once.

Stockton Town, newly promoted from the Wearside League, could be another to watch.

They romped past Whickham as four goals rained in from Stephen Roberts, Tom Coulthard, Chris Stockton and Kallum Hannah, with a penalty.

Willington succumbed 2-0 to Billingham Town at Hall Lane, with Craig Hutchinson and Jack Connor netting, while Billingham Synthonia conceded their first points as they were held to a draw by Heaton Stannington.

The Tynesiders led with two goals from Daniel Robinson and after Nathan Steel halved the deficit from the penalty spot, Josh Robotham claimed a late equaliser for Synners.

Esh Winning remain bottom after losing all four games. Despite being twice ahead through Jonathan Yip, they went down 3-2 at Bedlington Terriers for whom Lee Scott (2) and Jonathan Wright beat Esh goalkeeper Carl Morris.

A David Onions’ hat-trick and one goal from Stephen Jackson earned Northallerton Town the points at home to Crook Town for whom Sonny Andrews and Lewis Morton replied.

Blyth Town, promoted from the Northern Alliance last season, went down by the odd goal in three to Norton and Stockton Ancients whose marksmen were Nicholas Martin (2) and Philip Cally.

Lee Middleton and Dale Brown kept Blyth in the game but Norton held on and have won both their opening matches.

After going behind to a Lee Shickle header, Alnwick Town easily saw off Ryton and Crawcrook Albion when Sam Moore (og), Darren Riddle and Josh Hay (2) struck.