Seaham Red Star jumped four places to eighth-bottom spot in the Ebac Northern League First Division with last night’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Consett at Seaham Town Park.
The Steelmen, who would have gone sixth had they won, went behind on 16 minutes.
Former Sunderland striker Ryan Noble was brought down in the box, but the referee played the advantage and Paul Gardiner fired the loose ball into the corner of the net.
Early in the second period, Noble was again upended when clean through and this time the official pointed to the spot. Lewis Wing stepped up and gave goalkeeper Peter Jeffries no chance.
Just before the end, substitute Dan Robinson headed in at the near post to clinch victory – and three much-needed points – for the Star.
Seaham’s success was the perfect morale-booster for Saturday’s FA Vase tie at home to South Yorkshire outfit Maltby Main, while Consett will need to regroup for their home clash with South Shields in a game which could attract a 1,000-strong crowd to the Belle View Stadium.
Washington’s home clash with lowly West Auckland was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, as was Ashington’s trip to Newton Aycliffe and Whitley Bay at home to Bedlington Terriers.
Two matches are scheduled in the Second Division tonight, with Ryhope CW due to visit Brandon United as they seek a sixth straight league win, while Esh Winning host Billingham Synthonia.
Ryhope will climb into third place, above Darlington RA, if they win.
Gary Pearson and Stu Gooden’s men have three games in hand on leaders South Shields, who are 12 points better off, second-top Chester-le-Street (four points ahead) and Darlington RA, who are one point in front.
Silksworth CW are scheduled to host Jarrow in the Wearside League tonight (7.30pm), while champions Stockton Town visit leaders Redcar Athletic.