SILKSWORTH CW obviously like their new pitch!
Playing on the relaid Welfare Park surface for the first time last night in the Wearside League, they crushed Hartlepool 6-1 to claim their second win in three attempts.
The Colliers made a dream start, with Andrew Place giving them the lead straight from the kick-off.
Although Craig Lines levelled on 19 minutes, it was all Silksworth and prolific marksman Place completed his hat-trick, scoring twice in as many minutes immediately before the interval.
Trailing 3-1, worse was to follow for Pool, who had Lines sent off in the 51st minute.
The superb Place scored his fourth goal of the game and Gary Hargrave and home debutant Mark Robinson took their side’s tally to six to complete a memorable night.
Ryhope CW were also in scoring mode, defeating Annfield Plain 5-0, with all five goals were scored in the opening half.
James Dunn started the goal rush, converting a seventh-minute penalty. Three minutes later, Jack Pounder produced a thunderous shot from outside the penalty area which gave visiting goalkeeper Grant Scott absolutely no chance.
Midway through the half, Michael Charlton drove home for 3-0 and two goals in three minutes from Greg Swansbury and John Butler completed a nap hand for the Wearsiders.
Surprisingly, they failed to add to the total in the second period.
Easington Colliery comfortably defeated Leam Rangers 3-1, despite the Tynesiders holding out until the 50th minute.
Brett Gillat split the Leam defence for Brian Norton to slot the opener past advancing keeper Scott Young.
Norton then turned provider for Michael Patterson to beat the offside trap and round the goalkeeper before tapping home in the 72nd minute.
Patterson was again on target for 3-0, firing home from an acute angle after being played in by substitute Michael Noble.
Leon Kane claimed an 88th-minute consolation for Leam, who have taken just one point from five games.
Horden CW succumbed 3-0 to Wolviston, for whom Ryan Hebb and Ben Bonner struck before Nick Matthews made it three with his very first touch after being introduced as an 83rd-minute substitute.
Peter Kane, David Conroy (penalty) and Grant Pressling, with a superb individual effort, steered Jarrow to a 3-0 derby at Harton and Westoe, while Boldon CA edged an entertaining 3-2 victory over Coxhoe Athletic.
Leaders Stockton Town made it six wins out of six by beating Richmond Town 4-1, Redcar Athletic triumphed 5-3 at Seaton Carew and Prudhoe Town lost 2-1 to Cleator Moor Celtic, with Jack Best grabbing a stoppage-time consolation.