DURHAM City enjoyed their biggest-ever win in the Evo-Stik League when they hit Warrington Town for seven at New Ferens Park.
The game turned on a frenetic spell immediately before and after the interval.
The visitors had a wonderful chance early on to take the lead through Chris Thompson, but City quickly gained the initiative and there were half-chances for Stephen Thompson and David Dowson.
It was no surprise when they broke the deadlock on 28 minutes as Dowson slotted past goalkeeper Paul Pritchard after being set free by Andrew Stephenson.
There was another blow for Warrington three minutes later when Michael Jackson was red-carded.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors had two good chances to equalise, but on both occasions, Kevin Towson shot straight at Lewis
Chris Thompson then hit City’s crossbar before Dickie Ord’s side scored four goals in quick succession.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Thompson doubled the lead from close-range and in the 47th minute, Johnny Davis fired home.
A minute later Stephenson gave City a commanding four-goal lead.
It was five three minutes into the second period as Thompson’s 20-yard shot thundered into the net.
Towson did manage a consolation goal for Warrington, but there was no stopping Durham, who continued to make their one-man advantage count.
Connor Winter added a sixth goal and Thompson completed his hat-trick.
And he nearly made it eight in added time when he was denied by the over-worked Pritchard.
Durham City: L Graham, Harbord, Shaw, Davis (E Graham), Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Stephenson (Amar Purewal), Brown, Dowson, Thompson, Cutts (C Winter).
Ref: Mr D Hulme. Att: 115.