SEAHAM Red Star were hit for six as Newton Aycliffe’s promotion party swept them away on Saturday.
Warren Byrne gave Aycliffe a 10th-minute lead, but the Reds were rewarded with an early second-half equaliser from Mark Ewart.
Byrne restored the advantage to the visitors on the hour and the home side had chances to get back into the game until they were blitzed by a four-goal surge in the final stages.
Byrne ended with four goals to his credit and Elliott Gardner and James Oliver also struck. Aycliffe, the first side to reach three figures, have now scored 104 goals as they bid to go up as champions.
Seaham remain fourth from bottom and Horden CW are just one place and two points behind them after losing at Chester- le-Street.
Ben Johnson was the Cestrians’ matchwinner, scoring a hat-trick and the Colliers’ only reply came from Stephen Oakley.
Guisborough Town are in a strong position to claim one of the other two promotion places. They enhanced their prospects when goals by Austin Johnson (2), David Onions, Shane Henry and Michael Roberts earned them an easy win over Whitehaven.
Team Northumbria, whose game with Darlington RA was delayed for 80 minutes because the visitors had difficulties reaching the ground, moved into third place when Jack Pounder’s goal separated the teams.
North Shields slipped back to fourth after sharing the points with fifth-placed Marske United, who led with a Stephen Cochrane penalty before Keith Douglas levelled from the spot.
The outcome of the First Division championship race is now in Spennymoor Town’s hands.
They moved into pole position with a comfortable win against Tow Law Town, thanks to goals from Gavin Cogden, Stephen Capper (pen) and Steven Richardson.
Shildon, who have led the table for several weeks, are now second.
Their championship hopes received a big setback when Ashington won with goals from Jonny Wightman (pen), Chris Scott and Andrew Johnson.
Chris Hughes had equalised, but a blow for Shildon was the dismissal of Gary Brown in the 39th minute.
Consett are third following a seven-goal romp over relegated Ryton.
Danny Craggs rifled a hat-trick, with Marc Walton (2), Josh Watson (og) and Gavin Barton adding to the woes of Ryton.
Jarrow Roofing suffered a four-goal defeat at Newcastle Benfield, whose marksmen were Kevin Leighton, Brian Dodsworth and Michael Chilton (2).
Bishop Auckland’s Steven Turnbull and Lewis Brown were their matchwinners against South Shields at Heritage Park.
form has taken off and they are now well clear after winning five of the seven games they have played in 15 days.