Spennymoor punished Alfreton Town with the worst home defeat in their 59-year history as they put seven goals past the hosts at the weekend in the Vanarama National League North.

Alfreton managed to get one back through Reece Styche before half-time to pull it back to 3-1, but Glen Taylor was on hand to unleash a hat-trick on the home side – a repeat of his performance last time the two sides met in April.

Stephen Brogan, Shaun Tuton, Andrew Johnson, and Jamie Chandler were also amongst the goals for Spennymoor, the latter having to be subbed off after clattering painfully into the post in his effort to bundle the ball home.

Further up the road, Blyth Spartans also recorded a win with two goals at home to Ashington to extend their run to five consecutive victories.

Sean Reid opened the scoring for the hosts, latching onto the end of a Robert Dale cross to side-foot it home.

Dale then turned goal-scorer for the Spartans’ second, breaking on a counter attack to pick up Jamie Holmes’ pass and smashing the ball into the top corner of the net.

Darlington were the only North East side unlucky enough not to pick up a win, falling to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Nuneaton Borough.

Jordan Nicholson got the hosts’ only goal on the hour mark to equalise after Ryan Edmunds’ goal just before half-time. But Dior Angus had the visitors back in front with a left-footed shot to cancel out Nicholson’s effort.

In the Vanarama National League, Hartlepool finally ended their run of seven successive league defeats away to Maidenhead with a first-half strike from Josh Hawkes.

The midfielder fired the ball home from the edge of the box in the 18th minute to notch his second of the season, and Pools were gifted an easy second half after United’s James Comley was shown a straight red just after half-time for a lunging tackle on Luke James.

Gateshead rounded off a great weekend for the North East teams – with the exception of Darlington – as they helped their push for a play-off spot with a 2-0 win at home to Bromley.

Goals from Luke Armstrong and Fraser Kerr had the home side cruising for most of the match, and were unlucky not to add more to their tally. Their victory means they are only five points off the play-off spots.




Gateshead 2 – 0 Bromley

Maidenhead United 0 – 1 Hartlepool United



Blyth Spartans 2 – 0 Ashington

Darlington 1 – 2 Nuneaton Borough

Alfreton Town 1 – 7 Spennymoor