SECOND Division leaders Shotton Builders Warehouse caused a big upset in the John & Pat McManus Memorial Cup, hammering Premier outfit Peterlee Catholic Club 5-0.
John Brown grabbed a clinical hat-trick to lead the way, backed by strikes from Karl Garside and sub Peter Sheavils.
Chris Freeman and Michael Cain steered Peterlee Helford United home 2-0 against South Hetton Cricket Club, while Phil Robinson and Liam Owen netted in vain for Second Division Peterlee Oaklands, who were swamped 7-2 by Premier club Horden CW Supporters.
Ken Pounder, Chris Wright and Nathan O’Neill all hit braces, backed by Jonathan Pearson’s strike.
Seaham The George have their work cut out before defeat Hetton The Tuns 2-1. Darryl Robinson notched Tuns’ consolation.
In the Premier Division, Easington CIU stretched their lead at the top to six points after Simon Todd, Gary and Sean McAndrew overcame Easington Lane WMC 3-0.
Stephen Turner and Matthew Mustard both bagged hat-tricks, along with a strike from Shaun Godfrey, as Murton Park View hammered basement side Horden Comrades 7-0, while Richard Carr’s strike was not enough for Wingate, who were held 1-1 by Seaham Island Club, whose marksman was Dean Anderson.
In Division One, Easington Southside reduced the gap to leaders Easington Welfare to four points after an emphatic 9-2 win against Peterlee Central Club.
Paul Newby bagged four goals, supported by two-goal Paul Elliot, Tom Farrell and subs Kyle Bagnall and Kieran Purvis. Michael Bayles and Anthony Cairns hit lowly Central’s responses.
Thornley Harry’s Bar outgunned Hetton Social 6-2, courtesy of substitute John Davies (2), Middleton, Jackson, O’Neill and Pyle, with Ben Roberts and Dan Scott replying.
Wingate Grange moved out of the bottom three when Jonathan Lee, Simon Hall and Jordan Ward saw off Seaham Phoenix 3-1. John Crangle grabbed Phoenix’s goal.
Easington HMS Victory stayed third after a convincing 5-1 win over Murton New Hesledon, thanks to Michael Stuart (2), Carl Price, Nathan Graham and sub Sean Daglish.
In the Second Division, second-top Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion were held in a 2-2 draw by fired-up bottom club New Seaham Mallard, with Carl Dawson and Aaron Brown their marksmen. Mark Cooper struck both for Mallard.
Two goals from Danny Sloan, along with efforts from Ian Craggs, James Connor and Dave Rose, helped Easington Half Moon climb out of the bottom three when they enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 win against Acre Rigg Celtic, for whom Chris Robinson struck.
Wingate Plough Inn also moved away from the wrong end of the table when they won a 11-goal encounter 7-4 against Peterlee Hearts.
John Scott’s treble was backed by Jack Hart (2), Gorton and Robinson, while Dave Kember (2), Michael Coates and Jered Jones responded.
New Seaham Conservative Club stayed in promotion contention when they cruised to a 4-0 win against Haswell Oddfellows Arms, with McCarthy, Cahill, Roberts and Smith all on target.
Hetton Fox and Hounds defeated Seaham Marlborough 3-2 in a thriller, with Liam Branney (2) and Carl Cooney doing the damage. Andrew McGhinn hit both consolations.