ALTHOUGH only one goal separated the sides at half-time, Silksworth CW enjoyed a romp in the park against Annfield Plain in the Wearside League last night.
The Plain have conceded 97 times in 31 games, but they held the hosts until just before the interval when Michael Brunning produced a clinical finish from 20 yards which gave goalkeeper Matthew Scott no chance.
Any hopes Annfield harboured of saving the game just about ended in the space of two early second-half minutes when Adam Storey bagged a brace of goals. On both occasions he was left one-on-one with the exposed Scott.
Liam Gill, who passed a late fitness test, started on the bench, but the prolific scorer was quickly in action and, within five minutes of being introduced as a substitute, headed home as Silksworth coasted to a 4-0 win.
Stockton Town took another step towards the championship with a 2-0 victory at Harton and Westoe CW.
The South Tynesiders had their backs to the wall after just five minutes when they conceded a penalty. Although goalkeeper Jak Wells got a hand to the ball from Chris Stockton’s spot-kick, it trickled over the line.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Macaulay Longstaff completed a good passing movement and Stockton, who have leaked just 12 goals in 28 games, were never seriously tested during the second period.
Stockton are now 14 points ahead of Easington Colliery and Horden CW.
Cleator Moor Celtic boosted their chance of pipping the East Durham pair to the runners-up spot when they won 1-0 at Spennymoor Town Reserves, where Luke Close was the matchwinner.