PETERLEE Town moved into the top half of the table and Silksworth Rangers remain rooted at the bottom following their clash on Saturday.
Silksworth’s new management trio made five changes to the line-up but from the moment Paul Taylor opened the scoring with a simple tap-in after 20 minutes, the result was never in doubt.
Taylor struck again on the stroke of half time and had the chance to complete a hat-trick in the 55th minute, only to fail from the penalty spot.
Man-of-the-match Taylor, though, was not to be denied and he took his tally to three before Brett Gillatt and Anthony Rogerson made it five. Silksworth have now conceded 67 goals in 18 games.
Sunderland West End moved into seventh place with victory at Easington Colliery. The turning point came immediately before and after the interval when John Coomber and Brid Thompson both scored. On the hour mark, Adam McQuillan produced a good finish past Colliers’ goalkeeper Graeme Pickering.
Annfield Plain conceded double figures to Jarrow at Derwent Park. Grant Pressling rifled four goals, Andrew Wilkinson and Liam Bayles both bagged a brace with Nick Bain and Chris McDonald also on target. A Scott Heslop penalty was all the Plain could muster.
Wolviston almost caused a shock result against Willington, who needed an 89th-minute penalty by Andrew Richardson to salvage a point after Daniel Petts had struck.
Stockton Town are second after they were held to a draw by Prudhoe Town. Steve Roberts was an early scorer for the Teessiders and near the end Stephen Prosser equalised.
The surprise result of the day was Coxhoe Athletic’s four-goal rout of Harton and Westoe, who were already two goals behind when they had players sent off on the hour and in the 70th minute.
Stephen Ferguson added a third goal and Coxhoe then went down to 10 men but to add to the woes of Harton, they failed to convert the resultant penalty and Vinny Gash went on to complete his hat-trick.
Ian Davies delivered a spectacular 30-yard effort to fire Hartlepool in front at Gateshead Leam Rangers, who claimed a point courtesy of Andrew Hebron.
Redcar Athletic lost to Darlington Cleveland Bridge, whose matchwinner was Daniel McLachlan.