Crook Town 1-6 Blyth AFC
Michael Chilton scored his second hat-trick for Blyth AFC as they thrashed Crook Town 6-1 at Millfield, writes Andrew McDonnell.
David Paul gave the hosts the lead, against the run of play, on 34 minutes, but goals from Kyle Oliver and Chilton turned the game around before half-time.
David Robinson doubled Blyth’s advantage shortly after the break, and Chilton’s second of the game put the visitors in complete control.
The scoring wasn’t done there, as Gary Day and Chilton inflicted further misery on Crook as the Braves remain in the top three of the division after the victory.
Braves started well and controlled the game, but on a rare venture forward, Crook broke the deadlock against the run of play.
The visitors failed to clear Chris Emms’ cross, and Paul picked the ball up inside the area and drilled low into the bottom corner.
Crook’s lead was short-lived as Blyth rallied and found an equaliser within three minutes of going behind. Oliver collected the ball around 25-yards out and curled delightfully into the far corner of the goal.
Chilton then opened his account on the stroke of half time, glancing Oliver’s corner past the ‘keeper, making it 1-2 at the break.
The third goal came when Robinson struck into the net off the inside of a post.
Chilton then raced through on goal before slotting home the fourth and Day added the fifth when he burst through down the right side of the area before firing home.
There was enough time for the visitors to inflict further damage, Armitage fired off target before substitute Cameron Fenton was obstructed in the penalty area.
Chilton stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom corner, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way in the process - his 13th goal in 11 games this season.
The Braves have now scored 15 goals in their last three games and welcome Easington Colliery to South Newsham on Saturday afternoon.