With sides having to cram in a heavy end-of-season programme there will be suprise results, but last night’s demolition of Dunston UTS by Whitley Bay was still a major shock.
Few expected the Seahorses to enjoy a 5-0 romp which enabled them to climb into the top half of the Ebac Northern League First Division.
It wasn’t until the 42nd minute that Craig Hubbard opened the scoring from the penalty spot but from then on, Whitley took control.
Chris Reid headed in on 53 minutes and it was just about all over for Dunston when Brad Brooking fired into the top corner of the net.
Worse was to follow for the home side as the Bay went nap with late strikes from Tony Stephenson and Alex Kempster.
Spennymoor Town moved above Shildon into second place when they too enjoyed an easy win, at Crook Town.
In a one-sided game at the Millfield ground, Moors were given a dream start when Liam Henderson beat goalkeeper Barry Poskett from outside the penalty area.
Lewis Dodds completed a free-flowing move on 26 minutes, and three minutes later he was again on target with a good header.
Early in the second period Henderson scored his second of the night and Spennymoor are now only five points behind leaders Celtic Nation, with as many games in hand on the Cumbrians.
Bedlington Terriers’ position near the bottom of the table is still precarious following defeat by high-riding Guisborough Town, whose marksmen were Lewis Wood, Danny Johnson and Mikey Roberts.
In the Wearside League, Ashbrooke Belford House defeated Boldon CA with goals from Mark Egglestone, Stephen Callan and Dominic Laws.
Silksworth CW edged Harton and Westoe courtesy of Alex Kempster and Ash Day.
Harton twice went near to reducing the deficit when Stephen Telford and John Murray tested Harton goalkeeper Alan Greenan.