WHITEHILL produced a slick, all-round performance to run out 7-1 victors away to lowly Ferryhill Town.
Hat-tricks from Thomas Wray and Cameron Nichol led the way for the visitors with David Henderson also on target in a lively display, with Matthew Smith man of the match.
Debutant Tom Orton was star man for Town, whose goal was a spectacular 20-yard screamer with the outside of the boot from Shane Snaith which left keeper Jack Taylor helpless.
Skipper James Huntley fired a brilliant hat-trick to lead Shildon Reserves home 5-1 against lowly Birtley.
After a tight opening, man of the match Huntley made the breakthrough, then further efforts from Cameron Wilkinson and Stephen Clifford had them three up by half-time.
Huntley struck twice more for a 5-0 lead, with never-say-die Birtley bagging a consolation, netted by Paul Carlton.
Shildon enjoyed debut performances from three 16-year-olds – Connor Storey, James Blackmore and Robbie Anderson – with Storey and Blackmore both hitting the woodwork and the former also having a goal unluckily chalked off.
Bishop Auckland Reserves secured their ninth win of the campaign, deservedly sinking Hartlepool Reserves 3-1.
Bishops led from the fifth minute, when Liam Bain’s well-placed reverse pass was met by a perfectly timed diagonal run by Shaun Pickford, who slotted home.
Hartlepool levelled when the returning Thomas Iley headed a free-kick into his own net, but Bishops won it with two second-half strikes.
Sub Alex Cantwell, earlier denied by a stunning save from star man Ryan Harrisskitt, blasted through the keeper’s legs, then star man Pickford added a fine second.
The battle of the top two saw Horsley Hill and leaders Wallsend Town share the spoils in a 3-3 draw.
Hill’s youngster found it tough going against the powerful visitors,m but Levi Collins’ double and an excellent 30-yard free-kick by Kyle Houshby secured their point. Adam Bell starred.
The only other game to get the green light saw Ebchester Consett Reserves mauled 10-1 away to Darlington Burns in the Weardale Charity Cup second round.
Paul James grabbed the consolation.