RYHOPE CW surged to the top of the Wearside League table with a 7-1 demolition of Coxhoe Athletic last night.
The managerless Wearsiders made a dream start with John Butler scoring twice in the first four minutes.
Coxhoe hit back with Jonathan Hornsby’s 11th-minute strike, but almost immediately Chris Winn restored Ryhope’s two-goal cushion.
Before the interval, Nathan O’Neil and Chris Winn also netted and early in the second half Butler completed his hat-trick. James Cook then took Ryhope’s total to seven and they have now notched up 62 goals in only 13 games.
Stockton Town conceded their first points of the season when they were held to a draw by Cleator Moor Celtic in Cumbria.
Leading marksman Leigh Dunn struck for Celtic a minute before the interval, but, midway during the second period, Matthew Garbutt levelled for Stockton, who are now second, equal on points with Ryhope CW, who have a much superior goal difference.
Easington Colliery edged Ashbrooke Belford House by the odd goal in three.
The Wearsiders led for an hour through Stephen Callan, but, after Dale Spence equalised on 70 minutes, Brett Gillatt hit Easington’s winner three minutes into added time.
Harton and Westoe CW shared the points in a six-goal thriller against Seaton Carew, whose marksmen were Craig Hutchinson, Sam Cook and Lee Jones. Damien Cotter (2) and Michael Martin were on target for Harton.
Kai Hewitson scored both goals in Prudhoe Town’s victory over Richmond Town, who lost Shaun Radcliffe after 35 minutes with a suspected dislocated shoulder.
After leading with a Brodie Simpson strike until the 70th minute, Boldon CA found themselves chasing the game as Leam Rangers struck twice through Chris Lowther and Jason Curry.
With just a couple of minutes left, Simpson scored his second of the night to earn Boldon a point.