PETERLEE Town feared the worst when they took only 11 players to Cleator Moor Celtic on Saturday but amazingly they enjoyed a nine-goal romp.
Paul Frame’s side were very much the underdogs against top-six Cleator but from the moment Brett Gillatt struck after just three minutes, it was one-way traffic and further goals flowed from Adam Heath and Rhys Weir, who both rifled hat-tricks, Gillatt and Nick Doyle.
At the other end of the table, Easington Colliery eased their position with a 3-0 victory at Hartlepool.
The Colliers made a dream start, scoring twice in the opening 11 minutes through Paul Muir and Craig Garthwaite. Thereafter, Pools tightened up at the back but still leaked a third goal to Alex Kempster in the second half.
Sunderland West End conceded three penalties, two of which were converted in the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Prudhoe Town.
Stephen Foster gave the West Tyne side a 32nd-minute lead and 20 minutes later Jack Stafford converted the first spot-kick awarded after he had been brought down by goalkeeper Neil Bussey.
Five minutes later, Stafford was again spot-on but in the 62nd minute, he failed to beat replacement goalkeeper Andrew Gartland who took over when Bussey was red-carded.
Gartland, though couldn’t prevent Jamie Hudson from scoring a fourth goal for Prudhoe 18 minutes from time.
Willington improved their chances of claiming promotion to the Ebac Northern League when they defeated Richmond Town. The only goal came on 80 minutes from Rhys Marshall.
Richmond slipped back to third place with Stockton Town now second following their emphatic victory at Jarrow.
Joe Hinchley’s close-range shot found the net via a post and on the hour mark Tom Coulthard headed a corner past goalkeeper Lee Burrell.
Near the end, Kallum Hannah delivered a tremendous shot from 25 yards to end the hopes of the home side.
Ross Nicholson was a first-half marksman for Annfield Plain but Wolviston produced a strong second-half rally to take the points courtesy of James Myers (2) and Ryan Hebb.
Boldon CA lost by the odd goal in three against Redcar Athletic, who were first to strike through Richard Playforth. Mark Williams drove in Boldon’s 46th-minute equaliser but 17 minutes from time substitute Kenny Walker was on target to ease the Seasiders home.
Gateshead Leam Rangers were leading until the 90th minute but still lost at Kirkbymoorside. Chris Rhodes fired the home side in front but two goals from Chris Lowther had Leam ahead for 50 minutes.
In the 90th minute, Jonathan Brown levelled and three minutes into added time Jordan Rivis was on hand to snatch the winning goal.
H Following a heavy defeat on Saturday, Sunderland West End aim to bounce back in the local derby against Ashbrooke Belford House at Silksworth tonight (7.30 pm).
Although Lloyd Conlin, Chris Curtis and Gavin Dorward are out, West End welcome back Daley Clarke and Adam McQuillan as they battle to hold onto fourth place.
Ashbrooke are six points behind their neighbours, having played the same number of games and manager Tommy Dobbing delays announcing his squad.
Hartlepool bring in Jack Nixon, Alan Hopper and Alex Jones but work commitment prevent Adam Ward and Shane O’Brien from playing in the home fixture with Redcar Athletic.
Prudhoe Town are hoping to replicate the form which has carried them into the finals of two cup competitions when they host Boldon CA.