Tyne Met College first team got back to winning ways in some style with a scintillating performance against Middlesbrough College.
Although the visitors fielded a weekend side, Tyne Met were without three of their usual midfield including England player Jack Cooper who is on international duty ahead of the game in Scotland.
England trialist Regan Paterson was the star of the first half as he bagged a hat-trick, his first coming on ten minutes with a header following a great cross from Jack Ferguson.
Cam Cunningham hit the post twice and Paterson clipped the bar as Tyne Met dominated, but it was not until the 33rd minute that the lead was doubled when Callum Morpeth played a neat through ball and Paterson ran on and beat the keeper for his second.
His third arrived just before half-time and credit went to Jamie Atkin who hit a 50-yard diagonal pass to breach the back line and Paterson cleverly lobbed the keeper.
Middlesbrough came out with renewed energy after the interval looking to get back into the game, but they were rocked immediately when Paterson released Morpeth this time and he made no mistake with a fierce strike over the keeper for his first goal at this level.
He did not have long to wait for his second when again Paterson was the provider with a low cross that Morpeth finished from five yards to make it 5-0.
Substitute Trae Rowlandson then got in on the act with a curling shot after Morpeth set the ball back.
On the hour Paterson was fouled in the box and Josh Willis scored after his penalty was tipped onto the post and he easily stroked in the rebound to save his blushes.
The goal of the game arrived on 65 minutes when Atkin fed Cunningham who nut-megged his marker and played the ball wide to Ferguson and his cross reached Rowlandson and he smartly teed up Cunningham who curled a left footed effort into the top corner.
Unfortunately for Boro the hosts were still hungry for more goals and Rowlandson added two more for his hat-trick to complete a comprehensive 10-0 win.
Tyne Met first team coach Marc Nash said: “It’s credit to the lads for their application throughout the game to come out with such a scoreline and the quality of the goals was exceptional.”