SPENNYMOOR Town were last night confirmed as STL Northern League champions for a second consecutive season, writes Malcolm Pratt.
They went into their game with relegated West Allotment Celtic at the Brewery field needing three points from their last three fixtures and were celebrating by half time.
Jason Ainsley’s side made a dream start as Leon Ryan headed home after just three minutes. Stephen Richardson doubled the lead 20 minutes later and three goals in 12 minutes from Calvin Smith, Ryan and Richardson had Moors on their way.
Richardson completed his hat-trick early in the second period and although Paul Gardner claimed a consolation for the Tynesiders, Moor’s celebrations began immediately at the final whistle.
They now have 99 points and look certain to beat last season’s total of 100.
Dunston UTS have their eyes on a top six finish after defeating West Auckland Town at Dean Street with goals by captain Ben Cattanach and top scorer Andy Bulford. John Parker replied for the hosts, who are currently sixth but have completed their programme.
In Division Two, a rare win for Washington moved them up a place to fifth-from-the-basement, ahead of Seaham Red Star. An only goal in the second half from Mick Martin earned them the points at Whitehaven.
Seaham Red Star crashed to a 5-0 defeat at home to Chester-le-Street, who end eighth from top.
Ben Johnson struck twice in the opening seven minutes but it was not until the 70th minute that Mark Dawson made it three.
His goal was added to by Lee Chapman before Johnson completed his hat-trick in the final minutes. But for an outstanding man-of-the-match performance by goalkeeper Paul McSween, the Reds would have suffered an even heavier defeat.
Birtley Town were winning 4-2 with only eight minutes remaining but went down 5-4 to wooden spoonists Morpeth Town.
Andrew McIntosh with a hat-trick and Grant Soulsby were Birtley’s scorers, while the home side’s matchwinners were Stephen Mills, Cameron Patrick, Connor Andrews and Alex Lawson with a brace.
Three sides with an eye on the runners-up position in Division One are in action tonight.
Consett meet Newcastle Benfield at Belle Vue Park while Whitley Bay go to Billingham Town.