Newark Town hit eight past Sutton Rovers as they extend their gap at the top
An incredible first half saw Town fire seven as they wrapped up the points inside 45 minutes on Saturday, writes Richard Lane.
It took just eight minutes for Lewis Chambers to find the corner of the net, hitting his first from 20 yards out to being the romp.
Two minutes later, Steve Carty’s corner was headed on by Jawanza Grant for James Evans to double the score.
A shell-shocked Sutton had no answer for the marauding Blues, as Kieran Job won possession high up the field, allowing the ball to run into the path of Chambers, who got his second and Town's third.
By 24 minutes Job was in on the act, picking up a misdirected pass to score from the corner of the box, and, within a minute, Ben Castell got Town's fifth with a sweetly struck curling shot from 25 yards.
With Sutton offering little threat, the onslaught continued, and Grant's headed effort bounced off the bar after a bout of head tennis in the visitors' penalty area, before Arron Martin's pinpoint cross was met by Steven Carty on the half hour mark.
A ten minute spell of no goals concluded with Chambers' hat-trick goal.
The striker showcased his skills by bringing the ball down, turning and firing home in the same movement, which took his season's tally into double figures.
To their credit, Sutton provided stiffer opposition after half-time, but the Blues still pressed in the early stages, and on 57 minutes their lead was extended to eight, when Carty’s spot kick was blasted into the roof of the net after an obvious handball.
In the closing 20 minutes Sutton managed to hit two consolation goals.
Town: Burrows, A Martin, Stevens, Evans (Fulcher 66'), North, Lewis, Castell (Munton 61'), Carty, Chambers, Job, Grant (T Martin 60').