IT’S often difficult to beat a 10-man side. but Easington Colliery had no problems in absolutely hammering Prudhoe Town into the ground on Saturday.
Only one goal separated the sides when Prudhoe goalkeeper John Sagar was sent off in the 32nd minute, but, from then on, the Colliers were rampant.
Prudhoe conceded a 25th-minute penalty which Michael Patterson converted to open the scoring and seven minutes later Sagar was red-carded.
Patterson fired in the resulting spot- kick past replacement keeper Stephen Foster, who was to be beaten another eight times.
Easington were six up by the interval and another four goals in the second half saw them end 10-0 winners, their biggest success for many years.
Patterson rifled four goals, Dale Spence hit a hat-trick and Reece Brymer, Jordan Thompson and Brett Gillatt added to the woes of Prudhoe, who will not forget their visit to East Durham in a hurry.
There’s no change at the top of the table, but Silksworth CW came close to doing neighbours Ryhope CW a favour.
Their game at table-topping Stockton Town was into added time before Jamie Ward volleyed in the opening goal.
In a dramatic finish, Silksworth had Glen Hargrave sent off and Kallum Hannah converted a 94th-minute penalty to seal a 2-0 win for the Teessiders.
Stockton remain top, a point ahead of Ryhope, who eased to a 3-1 victory at Leam Rangers.
Scott Donaldson headed Paul Bennett’s side in front and, on the stroke of half-time, Nathan O’Neil doubled the lead following a free-kick.
Any hopes Leam harboured of saving the game just about ended as O’Neil struck again in the 46th minute. Although Laurent Sanson reduced the Hilltop men’s deficit, the Wearsiders were never seriously tested.
Following Cleator Moor Celtic’s failure to see off Jarrow, it’s becoming more and more likely that either Stockton or Ryhope will clinch the championship.
The Cumbrians were held at Perth Green despite twice leading through top scorer Leigh Dunn.
Peter Kane was Jarrow’s first marksman and, in the last minute, Ross Toward levelled with a super finish from an extremely tight angle.
Despite leading for 50 minutes with a Barry Turton free-kick, Sunderland West End went down 2-1 to Horden CW for whom Chris Freeman equalised before Andrew Lonsdale hit the winner with an overhead kick.
Coxhoe Athletic moved off the bottom of the table when they held fourth-top Redcar Athletic to a draw.
Jonathan Hornsby latched onto a long clearance by his goalkeeper Carl Morris to give Coxhoe an early advantage, but, early in the second half, Adam Preston restored parity when one-on-one with Morris.
Hornsby again struck from an Adam Strong cross, but Redcar hit back for Jamie Lee to tap into the net at the far post.
Harton and Westoe CW were comfortable 4-0 winners at home to Boldon CA in the South Tyneside derby. Shaun Edwards (2), Shaun Flood and John Murray were their match-winners.
Wolviston just edged Annfield Plain in a five-goal thriller at Derwent Park, where fortunes ebbed and flowed.
Billy Gatenby, David Johnson and Lee Butterworth netted for the visitors, with Ross Nicholson and Scott Heslop on the mark for Annfield.
Ashbrooke Belford House reached the final of the Wearside League Cup following a penalty shoot-out at Richmond Town.
Kalumn Holbrook gave the home side the advantage with a bullet header which gave goalkeeper Brett Wilson no chance, but Stephen Bogie’s equaliser took the tie into extra time.
Ashbrooke had Wilson sent off in the second period but survived the final stages and booked their place in the final by holding their nerve and winning 4-2 on penalties.