Red Star deliver five-goal rout to close gap at top

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SEAHAM Red Star are homing in on Second Division table-toppers Team Northumbria, whose lead is now just two points.

While Team suffered a surprise defeat against Thornaby, Seaham Red Star maintained their exhilarating form when they went nap in a 5-0 romp at lowly Brandon United.

Five players – Lewis Wing, David Palmer, Gary Shaw, Sonny Andrews and Josh Home-Jackson – got in on the act. Mark Collingwood’s side, who have four games in hand on Team North, have scored 50 goals in 17 games and boast the best defensive record, having conceded just 19 times.

Norton and Stockton Ancients were well on course to take all three points before their game at Tow Law Town was abandoned because of heavy fog with only 18 minutes remaining. Rocky Andrews (penalty), Dale Mulligan and Karl Charlton were the Teessiders’ marksmen.

Norton remain third and Washington are now up to fourth – their highest position this season – following a fine 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Darlington RA, courtesy of goals by Mark Davison (2) and Chris Winn. Darren Kokes had given RA the lead.

Ryhope CW’s promotion aspirations received a setback with a 3-1 defeat at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion on Saturday.

Matty Weirs fired the Wearsiders in front, but Adam Chorstowski, Liam Barker and Sam Moore turned the tables as Ryton finished good winners.

Chester-le-Street were wary of Channon North and had every reason to be as he hit Hebburn Town’s winner in a five-goal thriller at Chester Moor Park.

Scott Heslop cancelled out Mark Costello’s early goal for Hebburn and, after Ross Toward regained the lead for the visitors, Lee Guthrie hauled Chester level for a second time. At 2-2, it was anyone’s game and goal-scoring predator North clinched the points for Hebburn.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes by Craig Cowell and Scott Watson earned Birtley Town the points at Stokesley SC, where Callum Hewitson bagged a brace for the visitors. Greg Peel (2) and Gerard Richardson struck for Stokesley who, despite scoring three times at home, suffered their 14th defeat in 19 games.