West Allotment Celtic returned to form in emphatic fashion on Saturday afternoon, demolishing division two strugglers Esh Winning 6-0 at Whitley Park.
Five of those goals came within the opening 45 minutes as David Dormand helped himself to a hat-trick - before he added a fourth to his personal tally after the break to cap an utterly dominant Celtic performance.
Prior to the encounter, Esh Winning had not yet staved off relegation and came out of the blocks with intent.
Pacy striker Craig Coates latched onto a neat through ball and bore down on goal only for returning keeper Ryan Beal to palm his effort away from danger.
The positive start proved to be something of a false dawn for the visitors, and Allotment took control thereafter.
Dormand was twice denied early on by Stags goalie Mark Bell, who first got down well at the forward’s feet, before diving to his right to keep out a low shot.
Sean Reid was next to try his luck, shooting wide from the edge of the area, but the all-action midfielder went one better minutes later.
Allotment’s promising starlet jinked past the centre half with consummate ease and finished with aplomb, giving Bell no chance with a precise low finish.
Having taken the lead, Celtic continued to attack at will.
A Tony Lancaster half-volley sailed over the crossbar whilst Marc Allen curled tantalisingly wide of the far post with a fine effort.
The second goal was forthcoming, and the initial goalscorer turned provider.
Reid’s inviting low cross was nodded in at the near post by Dormand, comfortably doubling Allotment’s advantage.
Esh Winning had no answer to Allotment’s fluid, fast-paced brand of football, and found themselves three goals behind within four minutes.
Lancaster’s delightful chipped pass inside the area deceived the backline, who should have paid more attention to the unmarked Allen.
The midfielder was afforded plenty of time to take a touch and place it exquisitely into the bottom corner.
The Stags would have been four behind were it not for Bell, who got a vital hand to Lancaster’s close-range header, whilst at the other end, Beal made a similarly impressive stop to keep Neil Campbell’s header out.
Two quick-fire goals from Dormand just before the half-time whistle turned what was a convincing scoreline into a rout.
The eager striker wrestled possession from his opposing number on the edge of Esh’s own area, ignoring tentative calls for a foul, and buried the ball beyond Bell.
He completed his hat-trick just moments later.
Paul Stoneman headed a deep corner back across the box where Dormand was waiting to score with the last kick of the half.
The shell-shocked visitors regained a degree of composure after the break and came a little closer to grabbing an early consolation.
Freshly introduced substitute Keith Hamilton flashed a volley wide of goal, but Esh Winning’s best opportunity fell to Stuart Thompson. A defensive lapse allowed the midfielder to retrieve the ball behind the back four, but Beal was quickly out to parry away his goalbound effort.
Their brief spell of possession over, Esh were soon on the back foot once more.
Ian Dunn blasted over the crossbar following good work down the left from Chris Douglas as Celtic looked to add to their impressive first half tally.
They soon did that through that man Dormand, who beat the offside trap and slammed his fourth of the afternoon high into the back of the net.
Frustration on the visitors’ part boiled over late on and the County Durham outfit were lucky to finish the game with 11 men on the field.
Esh Winning’s players reacted adversely to a Glenn Ford sliding challenge and Stephen Halliday aggressively tossed substitute Paul Hogg to the floor. The Stags captain was fortunate to escape with just a caution.
The decision did not take the shine off a comprehensive Allotment victory, in which Stoneman’s side played some magnificent attacking football.
Four-goal hero Dormand now joins Dean Lee at the top of the club’s scoring charts, whilst the supporting trio of Reid, Douglas and Lancaster ran riot against a mediocre Esh Winning side.
The win sees Allotment leapfrog Northallerton Town into sixth place, and stands them in good stead for the final game of the season, to be played against relegation certainties Horden Colliery Welfare on Monday night.