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The top two in the Evo-Stik League North, Scarborough Athletic and South Shields, are now level on points and level on goal difference, with Shields having the advantage of two games in hand, after both earned emphatic victories on Saturday.

A crowd of 1,144 at the Flamingo Land Stadium saw Scarborough go top, thanks to a 7-0 hammering of Kendal Town.

It was 3-0 at the break, with James Walshaw, Max Wright and Michael Coulson on target.

Coulson added his second on 56 minutes and Lewis Sugden, Nathan Curtis and Jimmy Beadle joined in the fun to make it 7-0.

Shields were 5-1 winners at Mariners Park against Mossley AFC in front of 1,318.

The Mariners were shocked into action after Liam Ellis had given the Lilywhites a 12th minute lead.

Gavin Cogdon restored parity just before the break and Carl Finnigan put the hosts ahead 3 minutes into the second period.

Veteran Julio Arca quickly added a third and Cogdon went on to complete his hat-trick with goals in the final 9 minutes.

Prescot Cables are just two points behind, albeit having played more matches than either of the top two, but kept up the pressure with a 3-1 success at Clitheroe.

Chris Almond gave Cables a 12th minute lead that Alex Newby cancelled out on the half-hour mark.

Josh Klein-Davies restored Cables` lead 10 minutes before the break, and 6 minutes after it, Almond`s second made it 3-1 – a lead the visitors held on to.

Bamber Bridge, Hyde United and Trafford complete the top six, but only for former won on Saturday.

Bamber Bridge edged out Ossett Town by the odd goal in five at Ironbridge, thanks to Ged Garner after 23 minutes, a Macauley Wilson penalty on 53 minutes and Brad Carsley just past the hour-mark – Isaac Assensio having pulled Albion level on 40 minutes and then Martin Pembleton scored a second 20 minutes from time.

Hyde were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Brighouse Town, whose Adam Field pulled them level 5 minutes from time after the Tigers had led from the 5th minute through Marcus Marshall.

Trafford were also held 1-1 at Glossop North End, after leading through Aaron Burns` 18th minute strike before Adam Jones levelled for the Hillmen 19 minutes from the end.

Droylsden are seventh but also shared the points in a 3-3 draw at Dimple Wells against third-bottom Ossett Albion.

Recent signing Aidan Chippendale scored two goals to give the home side the lead at the interval.

Droylsden were given a lifeline shortly after the restart when Sefton Gonzales converted a penalty.

Albion responded well and created several chances before Adam Priestley slotted the ball in to restore their two-goal lead.

Droylsden never gave up and were rewarded with two goals in the final 5 minutes to grab a point through Dom Smith and then Gonzales again.

Bottom side Goole AFC picked up only their twelfth point of the season to date in a 1-1 draw at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds against fifth-bottom Atherton Collieries.

Glenn Matthews gave Colls the lead right on half-time, with the Vikings levelling 20 minutes from time through Jordan Turner.

Second-bottom Radcliffe Borough suffered a 3-0 defeat at Llanelian Road against Colwyn Bay, whose Astley Mulholland after 6 minutes and then Louis Barnes on the hour-mark and Dan Andrews 7 minutes later completed the win.

Skelmersdale United are fourth-bottom after losing 3-1 at `home` to Tadcaster Albion, who are now eleventh, thanks to Peter Davidson after 20 minutes, Andy Milne 12 minutes later and, after Josh Wardle had reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time, Joe Pugh 15 minutes from time.

And a goal in stoppage time at the end of the game from Matt Morgan earned Colne victory at home to Lancastrian rivals Ramsbottom United.

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