TOWN Reserves took a big step towards the League East Division title as they destroyed Hartlepool 5-0 at Billingham last night.

Chris Fagan, the ex-Manchester United striker on trial from the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain, netted twice in an impressive first half and then rounded off the scoring to complete his hat trick in front of manager Lee Clark.

Midfield Michael Flynn opened the scoring while Spencer Harris was the other scorer.

Town have a pre-season friendly at Gateshead on Saturday, July 11 (3.00).