Blyth Spartans’ survival hopes took a seismic blow as as they were demolished 4-1 by Boston United in a crucial relegation six-pointer.
Jordan Burrow and Sam McLintock gave the Pilgrims a comfortable half-time lead, before Billy Chadwick struck just after the break for 3-0.
Troy Chiabi pulled one back with five minutes left, but any slim hopes of a comeback were destroyed by Jake Wright’s strike in injury time.
Blyth knew a win was needed here to claw themselves back out of the relegation zone, and went close early on as Chiabi’s low effort from range was well saved by Cameron Gregory.
Boston gained a foothold there on and took the lead 20 minutes in as Chadwick’s cross was headed in by Burrow past a stranded Alex Mitchell.
The Pilgrims doubled their lead just before half-time as McLintock’s venomous volley was too much for Mitchell to deal with, leaving Spartans’ a mountain to climb.
It was 3-0 nine minutes into the second half as Chadwick skipped past both Rhys Evans and Toby Lees before striking his effort through Mitchell. Chiabi threatened to make it a contest with five minutes left with a brilliant effort into the top corner, before Wright’s low curling effort in the 93rd minute sealed a priceless victory.