Blyth Town put seven past Northbank at Newsham as they continued their good league form which has seen them beaten only four times this season.
Town are looking to emulate the last team from the town to win the Northern Alliance title, which was Blyth Spartans way back in 1913.
They started superbly with Malcolm Morien scoring from a cross from Beresford after only 40 seconds.
But they then found the Northbank keeper in great form, and after 20 minutes the visitors equalised after a mix-up at the back allowed Andy Griffith to volley home past Crooks from 15 yards out.
Blyth again pressed but it took until the 44th minute for Mann to cross for Morien to score his second.
The second half started like the first with Blyth dominating, and on 55 minutes Morien broke free before rounding the keeper for his hat-trick goal.
This opened the floodgates with David Robinson beating four men before scoring, then David Atkinson scored what can only be described as a contender for goal of the season with a 35-yard pile driver.
Connor Andrews then slotted past the on- coming keeper and Jay Ritchie tucked away a Morien cross.
Manager Michael Connor was full of praise for his side.
He said: “Northbank have taken points off all the teams around us so this was a must win and we did it playing some great stuff and creating numerous chances.
“The big thing for us is that our squad looks stronger than last year going into the final seven, especially with the tough run-in we have.
“Who knows, we could break the 101-year hoodoo.”