DURHAM University firsts remain in joint top spot in the Investec Women’s League’s Conference North after a 7-0 drubbing of Liverpool Sefton.
Rivals Beeston also won 7-0 to maintain their much superior goal difference advantage.
Anna Thompson’s penalty corner opened the scoring, with doubles from Emma Onien and Philippa Lewis leading the way, while top scorer Cherry Seaborn was also among the goals for the students.
Sophie Hawkins’ side will be confident of another victory on Sunday when they visit second-bottom Cannock. Their final match before the winter break is away to bottom club Ben Rhydding next weekend.
Durham’s seconds made it five successive wins, beating Whitley Bay and Tynemouth seconds 4-0, to climb into fourth place in the North League Premier Division.
H Sunderland Broom edged home 3-2 away to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth thirds to secure their fourth win of the season in the North League’s Division Two North East.
The fifth-placed Wearsiders – just three points adrift of second-top Durham City – have the first of three successive home games on Saturday when Steph Edmundson’s side welcome Alnwick to Sandhill View (10am). Leaders Durham University thirds extended their 100 per cent start with a seventh victory, 2-0 at Morpeth.