Newcastle Town kept up their hopes of automatic promotion, with a resounding 4-0 victory over Stamford.
After an even first half Castle lead 1-0 at the break, but ran riot in the second half with wing-back Jordan Johnson grabbing a brace. It made it 9 in 9 games for Johnson since his recent demotion to the bench, and 20 goals for the season.
The opening exchanges were fairly evenly matched with the Peterborough-based visitors proving a hard nut to crack.
The deadline was broken six minutes before the break, as Johnson’s corner from the left was headed out only as far as Matt Bell. The Port Vale loanee firing home a shot first time from the edge of the box, that went in off the post.
The same player should have doubled Town’s lead seconds after the interval, as he shaved the upright with a drive from Alan Nagington’s centre.
Stamford gifted Newcastle a second goal on 54 minutes, as Miles Chamberlain misjudged a ball over top which sent Nagington clear, and he layed it across for Johnson to tap home from six yards.
Johnson won a penalty for the home side with nine minutes left, as his shot was handled in the box by Andy Toyne. The wing-back stepped up to calmly slot into the right of the net, just beyond the dive of keeper Chris Wright.
Five minutes from time the rout was complete, as another Johnson corner was converted by a looping header from Michael Douglas.