RYHOPE CW were toppled from pole position in the Wearside League last night when rampant Redcar Athletic hit woeful Kirkbymoorside for six.
It wasn’t until the 33rd minute that prolific scorer James Kesterton broke the deadlock, but from then on it was one-way traffic.
Lewis Wood doubled the Seasiders’ lead before the interval and in the second period Richie Playforth rifled a hat-trick before Andrew Porritt completed the rout two minutes from time.
Redcar are now a point ahead of Ryhope, who still enjoy a significantly better goal difference which could yet prove critical.
Ryhope’s game with Boldon CA, meanwhile, was called off just before kick-off because the pitch was waterlogged.
Sunderland West End are finishing the season on a high and are now in with a chance of ending third.
They went nap at home to Gateshead Leam Rangers as the goals flowed from David Sewell, with a brace, Jamie Fryett, Stephen Bogie and Michael Wharton.
Stockton Town are now just a point in front of West End after they suffered an unexpected 4-2 defeat at Wolviston.
Carl Barry was an early scorer for the hosts and after Tony Johnson levelled, Wolviston built up a three-goals cushion courtesy of Ryan Hebb, Lee Butterworth and Anthony Brown. David Johnson claimed a second goal for Stockton late in the game.
Chris Winn and Nathaniel Burrell guided Prudhoe Town to victory at Annfield Plain and Hartlepool just about ended Coxhoe Athletic’s chances of avoiding the wooden spoon.
Craig Hutchinson (2), Craig Thomas and Richie Mills led them to a 4-2 win with Stephen Ferguson and Andrew Blackburn replying for Coxhoe who remain six points behind Silksworth Rangers with just two games to play.
The local derby between Ashbrooke Belford House and Silksworth Rangers was also postponed because of the weather.