EASINGTON Colliery were confirmed as runners-up to Wearside League champions Stockton Town when they enjoyed a 4-1 romp at Richmond Town last night.
The Colliers have applied for promotion and a return to the Northern League after several years away, and are in line to take the place of Brandon United, who finished bottom of the Northern League’s Second Division.
Brett Gillatt opened the scoring for Easington on 35 minutes and, just before the interval, Adam Drysdale doubled the lead.
Richmond were given a lifeline when Mark Sims converted a 51st-minute penalty and their hopes rose further with the dismissal of Easington’s David Paul.
The 10-man Colliers, though, produced a stirring finale as man-of-the-match Drysdale struck twice, including a last-minute penalty, to complete a memorable hat-trick.
Spennymoor Town Reserves were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at home by visitors Leam Rangers, who moved out of the bottom three as a result.
Gavin Brown’s misplaced header past his own goalkeeper Luke Cowie gave Leam an unexpected 16th-minute lead and 10 minutes from time Connor Halpin sealed an impressive victory.
Redcar Athletic, in with a chance of finishing fourth, comfortably saw off Hartlepool 4-0, thanks to goals from Lance Skelton (2), Alex Maphosa and Adam Preston.