EASINGTON Colliery demolished Seaton Carew with a 14-goal blitz on Saturday to enhance their chances of returning to the Ebac Northern League.
Following Stockton Town’s decision to withdraw their application for promotion, the Colliers need to finish runners-up to seal the step-up.
Their fate is now in their own hands.
Paul Frame’s men are second, a point ahead of Cleator Moor Celtic but now with a significantly better goal difference. Both sides have seven games to play.
Easington were not only looking for three points against out-of-sorts Seaton Carew, but also to improve their goal difference which could be worth a point at the final count.
And they certainly did that as the goals rained in from Luke Page (5), Adam Drysdale (3), Nathan Graham (2), Adam Heath, David Paul, Kevin Humble and captain Chris Pearson.
The Colliers have now racked up 116 goals, only one fewer than champions-elect Stockton Town, who are 11 points clear and have two matches in hand on their closest challengers.
Cleator Moor Celtic were also in scoring mode at Leam Rangers, where Leigh Dunn (2), Luke Close (2) and Callum Birdsall sealed an easy 5-0 victory.
Eight goals were scored at Whitehaven, but, unfortunately for fourth-top Horden CW, the home side came out on top by a 5-3 margin.
Bradley Dryden rifled a hat-trick for the Cumbrians, with Kevin Connolly and Lee Woolf also beating goalkeeper David Garside. Michael Pattison, Ethan Payne and Thomas Wilkie replied.
A magnificent, memorable man-of-the-match performance by Barry Turton swept Sunderland West End to victory over Harton and Westoe CW.
Amazingly, Turton scored all six goals on a memorable day at Ford Quarry.
Silksworth CW eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Prudhoe Town, courtesy of strikes from Andrew Place, Adam Storey and Michael Brunning.
Chris Lawther and Connor Dunleavey, who was outstanding when introduced as a second-half substitute, earned Spennymoor Town Reserves a 2-0 victory against Redcar Athletic at Coxhoe’s Beechfield Park.
Gary Evans netted for Boldon CA, but they succumbed 2-1 to Richmond Town, with Mike Elliott and George Battersby on target for the visitors.
Annfield Plain have a lot to do if they are to avoid the wooden spoon. Their latest reverse – a 2-1 defeat at home to Wolviston – leaves them stranded seven points adrift at the bottom.
Jamie Price gave Annfield Plain the lead at Derwent Park, but Wolviston’s good run of form was extended when Chris Fairless and David Johnson netted.