SUNDERLAND West End produced the shock result of the day when they toppled much-fancied Redcar Athletic from pole position.
The Wearsiders comfortably held their own and two goals in 13 second-half minutes set them on their way to an outstanding 3-1 victory.
David Keithley broke the deadlock on 54 minutes, rounding goalkeeper Scott Allison before firing into an empty net.
Redcar suffered a double blow in the 67th minute, with Allison sent off for a professional foul and Luke Sanders converting the resulting penalty.
Despite playing with only 10 men, Redcar battled back and James Kesterton reduced the deficit on 77 minutes to set up an exciting finale.
The pressure was eventually taken off West End when Anth Stubbs fired past substitute goalkeeper Jamie Lee in the last minute.
West End sit sixth, a point behind Boldon CA, who easily defeated Kirkbymoorside 4-1. Chris Robinson grabbed a classy hat-trick, with Michael Wright also scoring.
Tommy Dobbing’s Ashbrooke Belford House showed their fighting spirit by coming back superbly from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Peterlee Town.
David Laight fired in a seventh-minute penalty and Darren Major quickly doubled the advantage.
Mark Green, though, reduced the deficit from the spot and, before the interval, Lee Andrews was left with a simple tap-in for the equaliser.
Three sides are level on points at the top of the table.
Darlington Cleveland Bridge lead the field following their four-goal romp at Leam Rangers, where Jack Johns scored in less than a minute. John Clegg added a quick second, before Michael Carter (penalty) and Dave Vayro killed off Leam.
Despite their defeat, Redcar Athletic are second, with Jarrow third, coming from two down to win 3-2 at Cleator Moor, courtesy of Liam Clark, Chris Scott and Peter Kane, with a superb solo effort on 88 minutes.
David Hanson was Willington’s matchwinner at home to Stockton Town, while Prudhoe Town claimed a point against Wolviston, with Nathan Burrell’s last-minute free-kick cancelling out David Aninakwah’s 16th-minute opener.
Graeme Richardson netted for Coxhoe Athletic in a 4-1 loss to Hartlepool.
Silksworth Rangers’ fixture at Annfield Plain became the first of the season to be postponed. Derwent Park was waterlogged.