IT WAS a good day all round for Seaham Red Star, who were the only one of the top five Ebac Northern League Second Division sides challenging for promotion to win.
They hammered South Shields with a five-goal blast from Adam Johnston (2), Josh Home-Jackson (2) and Chris McCabe on Saturday.
Mark Collingwood’s side remain third but are now level on points with Jarrow Roofing, who were held to a draw at Northallerton Town.
Dale Elgie, later to be sent off, fired the home side into a 72nd-minute lead and seven minutes later Liam McBryde hauled Roofing back for a point.
Tow Law Town are North Shields’s bogey side and they maintained their excellent record by holding the leaders to a goalless draw.
Fourth-top West Allotment Celtic and Birtley Town also failed to break the deadlock, while there was a shock for Heaton Stannington, who lost out to Darlington RA.
Dean Deagle gave Stannington a ninth- minute lead which they held until the last 15 minutes when they conceded to Mark Simms (2) and Adam Sakr.
Washington’s remarkable turnaround continued at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion’s expense.
Seven goals flowed from Chris Winn (2), captain Michael Coughlan (2), Mark Davison, Richard Paxton and James Fairley before Andrew Peacock scored a consolation for the bottom side.
After claiming just one point from their first 10 games, Washington have taken 45 in their last 22 matches and are now comfortably in mid-table.
Despite holding Chester-le-Street to a goalless draw, Brandon United dropped down to second-bottom spot following Esh Winning’s thrilling 3-2 victory at Willington with strikes by David Fort Graeme Embleton and Gary Draper. Chris Hardy and Aidan Bowers struck for the Hall Lane side.