BECAUSE of the success they achieved last season, there were high expectations for Washington which before Saturday hadn’t materialised.
Manager Steven Hutchinson will be hoping that the nine-goal rout of Stokesley SC will kick-start the Ebac Northern League campaign.
In Mark Davison and Chris Winn, he has two of the best strikers in Division Two – as the Stokesley defence found to their cost.
Davison rifled four goals and Winn bagged a brace, with James Cassidy, Michael Coghlan and James Fairley also beating Stokesley’s overworked goalkeeper Dominic Yates.
Connor Hood and Gerard Richardson managed a couple of consolations, but the day belonged to the Newtowners, who are now up to mid-table.
Ryhope CW slipped back to fifth after losing 2-0 at Willington, whose marksmen in the last 20 minutes were Adam Comby and Mark Bell.
Seaham Red Star are eighth following an exciting finale to their match with Whickham.
When David Palmer and Lewis Wing scored, Mark Collingwood’s team looked certain winners going into the last minute of the game.
It certainly looked all over as Sonny Andrews made it three, but, amazingly, Whickham were thrown a late late lifeline with goals by Stephen Aiston and Jack Moulding (penalty).
By now, the game was into the 95th minute and two minutes later Andrews made sure of all three points by scoring his second goal and Seaham’s fourth.
Robert Smith and Kai Hewitson eased Birtley Town to victory at home to Billingham Town who replied through Daniel Ballantyne. The Teessiders, relegated last season, are second bottom, with a win.
In-form South Shields are up to sixth after seeing off Chester-le-Street with an only goal by Adam Sharp, who headed in at the back post with 10 minutes remaining.
Brandon United remain bottom. Second-top Hebburn Town went nap with strikes by Channon North (3), Calvin McMahon and Carl Smith. John Harrison was Brandon’s only scorer.
Esh Winning are also in the doldrums, losing for the eighth time, at home to Darlington RA. Lee Hall gave Esh a third-minute lead but RA romped to victory thanks to Sam England, Robert Moncur, Philip Caley and Mark Simms. Esh’s cause wasn’t helped by having Stephen Parnaby sent off in the 16th minute.
Sunderland RCA remain second bottom of Division One, still winless following eight attempts.
Their latest reverse came at Guisborough Town, who were three goals up through Anthony Hume (2) and Tommy Marron before Daniel Wray replied.
Soon afterwards, goalkeeper Jonathan Carmichael had to be substituted by Carl Morris and he kept a clean sheet until Guisborough were awarded a penalty which Hume converted for his hat-trick.
Durham City moved into the top six with a 2-0 victory at Penrith, where Ross Wilkinson and Callum Hope were the matchwinners. The Cumbrians’ cause, though, was not helped when Matthew Read blasted a penalty over the crossbar.
Bedlington Terriers are back in pole position. They hit bottom-of-the-table Crook Town for six, with Lee Scott (3), Jordan Nellis (2) and Scott Blandford all beating goalkeeper Ryan Graham. Kallum Holbrook scored both Crook goals.
Morpeth jumped into second when they saw off Jarrow Roofing courtesy of Michael Chilton, Adam Taylor and Stephen Anderson. Dan Kirkup claimed a consolation for Roofing.