West Allotment Celtic closed out their Ebac Northern League season in style with a comprehensive 7-0 drubbing of Horden Colliery Welfare.
Allotment picked up where they left off on Saturday, following on from their 6-0 thrashing of Esh Winning, and were once again five goals up by half-time.
David Dormand and Marc Allen helped themselves to a brace apiece against the relegated County Durham outfit, who battled to no avail throughout.
The first goal came just nine minutes into the pulsating encounter when Kallum McGlen was clipped from behind by full back Ryan Brymer, conceding a stonewall penalty.
Dependable penalty taker Sean Reid stepped up, but keeper Steven Hubery made a superb stop with his legs but could not prevent the midfielder from converting the rebound.
Prior to the evening match, Dormand was level in the club’s goalscoring charts with Dean Lee, and would have surpassed the winger if his volleyed lob was six inches lower. Instead, the ball clipped the top of the crossbar as it went over.
Celtic soon doubled the lead with the first of many spectacular goals.
Reid and the excellent McGlen played some tremendous give-and-go football down the left flank before the latter pulled the ball back to the waiting Allen and the diminutive midfielder slammed his first-time shot from the edge of the area into the top corner.
Allen then doubled his own tally six minutes later with a stunning half-volley from range. The ball flew a full 25 yards, striking the inside of the far post before bulging the net in the opposite corner.
The home side were in full flow and scored another fantastic goal towards the end of the half.
Having already come close to opening his account for the evening, Dormand got off the mark at the second time of asking. A pinpoint McGlen pass played the striker in on goal, and Dormand lifted the ball over the stranded Hubery to bag his 27th of the season.
Reid was unfortunate to see a low curling effort clip the outside of the upright with Hubery well beaten, but Allotment did manage to grab a fifth before the half-time whistle.
Dormand beat the offside trap and the Horden keeper, exquisitely chipping over Hubery, again with his weaker foot.
Despite being effectively consigned to the drop, the Colliers refused to throw in the towel and almost grabbed an early second half consolation.
Darren Atkinson’s side broke forward quickly, engineering a two-on-one scenario in Allotment’s final third. Michael Cockburn played it across goal for a simple James Murphy finish, but the forward was denied by Chris Douglas on the line.
The resurgence was brief, with Allotment soon grabbing a sixth goal.
A floated corner found the towering Glenn Ford in the box and his header had too much on it for the covering defender to deal with.
Within seconds of the restart the rampant home side hit the woodwork for a third time as McGlen’s swirling effort cannoned back off the post.
Allotment did not have to wait long for a seventh goal, finding the net moments later.
Dormand turned provider, beating his man on the left and squaring for committed captain Ian Dunn to finish from close range.
Horden spurned a handful of half-chances, with lively substitute Michael Watson twice firing wide, whilst efforts from Adam Kidson and Josh Lincoln ultimately had the same undesirable outcome.
At the other end, tireless midfielder Allen should have had his hat-trick, dancing through the defence with ease, only to be denied by a point-blank stop from Hubery.
Horden were not as poor as the scoreline suggested and more than deserved a consolatory goal.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Allotment’s defence refused to yield. Ryan Beal had little to do for most of the encounter, but had to make an excellent save to deny Watson, stretching to hold the midfielder’s dipping long-range strike.
The Colliers thought they had given their travelling fans something to cheer at the death, but Allen scrambled off the line from a late corner.
The devastating performance brought a wholly satisfying end to West Allotment Celtic’s league campaign.
The season is not yet over, with the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final to be contested next Monday, and the high-scoring result stands Allotment in good stead for the mouthwatering tie against Northallerton Town.