Seaham Red Star Reserves enjoyed a five-goal romp against neighbours Horden CW in the TWR Bi Fold Wearside League last night.
Only one goal was scored in the opening half, Adam Hepple striking at the far post with only five minutes gone.
Once Kyle Bell rounded Colliers’ goalkeeper Ethan Anderson and rolled the ball into an empty net on 55 minutes, Horden faced a formidable challenge.
Their chances of saving the game all but ended as Bell scored his second and Seaham’s third and, late on, Ryan Martin bagged a brace to complete an emphatic 5-0 victory.
It was just as well that third-bottom Red Star won as second-bottom Wolviston also claimed three points, winning 2-1 at Annfield Plain.
Ryan Hebb and Junior Masandi fired the visitors two ahead before Scott Watson reduced the arrears.
Ashbrooke Belford House slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Jarrow. Grant Pressling scored in the fourth minute and, on the stroke of half-time, Peter Kane doubled the lead.
Andrew Barclay netted twice in the eight minutes late on to seal Belford’s fate.
Stockton Town took another step towards the championship, and promotion to the Ebac Northern League Second Division, when they outgunned Spennymoor Town Reserves 4-0.
Adam Nicholson, Matthew Garbutt, Sonni Coleman and Joe Scaithe-Wheatley did the damage, giving Stockton an eight-point lead over Redcar Athletic, with two games in hand.
Redcar’s title hopes were hit by a 2-1 loss to Cleator Moor Celtic, for whom Leigh Dunn and Daryl Little responded to Michael Woodhouse’s opener for the Seasiders.
Liam Henderson (2), Sam Mannion and Kieran Russell extended Prudhoe Town’s late-season run of victories, beating Hartlepool 4-1.