SEAHAM Red Star clinched promotion – and the Second Division championship – thanks to Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of relegation-threatened Tow Law.
Seaham’s success, coupled with Hebburn Town’s failure to win, sealed double delight for boss Mark Collingwood and his men.
A double from Dean Nicholson, backed by goals from Liam McBryde, Lewis Wing and Warren Byrne, saw Star ease across the finish line.
McBryde opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he was able to turn and shoot into the net following good work from Byrne.
Nicholson doubled the lead with a contender for goal of the season in the 23rd minute, his shot from 25 yards flying into the top corner of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men as Chris Killeen was shown a straight red for his tackle on Byrne in the first few minutes of the second half.
Wing made it 3-0 when he blasted home from close range, then Byrne deservedly got on the scoresheet, rounding the goalkeeper to tap in.
Tow Law were down to nine men when Joe Grant received his second yellow card in the 70th minute, as he fouled David Palmer in the box to concede a penalty. Nicholson then stepped up to grab his second from the spot.
Seaham manager Collingwood said: “I’m absolutely delighted, it is something that we totally deserve.
“The club’s been in the Second Division too long, it has experienced too many hard times in recent history.
“It has taken a lot of time, effort, commitment and obviously finance to get the club where it belongs, but we are too good for the Second Division.”
Seaham still have five games left to play, but have the luxury of knowing they will be playing in the First Division next season.
TOW LAW: Potts, Watson, Brassell, Cummings, Greenwell, Paylor, Grant, Ord, Cailey, Killeen. Ayers
SEAHAM RED STAR: Newbrook, Reay, Burton, Wing, McCabe, Scott, Palmer, Kerr, McBryde, Byrne, Nicholson