SONNY Andrews enjoyed a day to savour as Seaham Red Star won 8-4 in a memorable Ebac Northern League Second Division clash at Alnwick Town.
Summer signing Andrews rifled four goals, starting with a magnificent, curling effort into the top corner in the ninth minute, to give a huge boost in morale to Seaham’s campaign after a surprisingly sluggish first few weeks.
Andrews’ second goal was also a cracker, a well-placed half-volley from outside the box, and the ex-Spennymoor Town man also set up David Palmer for the first of his two goals, with John Jackson and Carl Thorp also on target.
Adam Shanks hit a hat-trick for Alnwick, including a disputed penalty, with Danny Laws their other scorer.
Washington failed to halt Team Northumbria’s impressive early-season challenge, going down 4-0.
Lewis Storey and Ben Dibb-Fuller had the leaders two goals up inside 21 minutes and a further blow for the Newtowners followed when defender Greg Swansbury was sent off.
Late in the game, Dibb-Fuller and Sam Norris took Team 4-0 up and they now enjoy a five-point lead over second-top Ryhope CW.
Second-bottom Esh Winning went down 2-0 to Heaton Stannington, for whom Andrew Robinson scored both goals in the first 15 minutes.
Whickham went three up courtesy of Ross Peareth, Scott Swanson and Stephen Aiston but were then taken to the wire as Stokesley SC hit back with two strikes from Gary Redman.
H Spennymoor debutant Adam McHugh – signed as a free agent after leaving Conference side Forest Green Rovers – kept a clean sheet as Jason Ainsley’s side drew 0-0 with Salford City in the EvoStik League Division One North, watched by an impressive crowd of 724. Moors’ Joe Tait had a last-gasp “winner” disallowed.