SILKSWORTH CW gave a good performance but couldn’t halt Stockton Town’s early-season challenge for the championship.
The Colliers held their own until just past the hour mark when Chris Stockton fastened onto a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area and fired low past goalkeeper Joe Clayton.
Silksworth were unfazed at the setback and continue to take the game to the hosts at every opportunity but as they pressed, searching for an equaliser, left the door open for Stephen Roberts to head in the decisive second goal, six minutes from time.
The Colliers slipped back to fourth and Easington Colliery are up to third after they hit Hartlepool for six.
It wasn’t until the late stages though that they made certain of the points. After taking a third-minute lead through Lewis Lynch, Easington were pegged back by Matthew Kelsey.
Before the interval Lynch and David Paul fired the home side into a 3-1 lead but when Adam Bird volleyed past goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson after 63 minutes, it was anyone’s game.
But Easington finished strongly. Paul completed a hat-trick and Michael Pattison took his team’s tally to six goals.
Sunderland West End maintained a top-six spot with victory over Wolviston, who slipped to the bottom of the table.
It wasn’t until an hour was on the clock that Paul Muir broke the deadlock and in the last minute he was again on target to end the visitors’ hopes of claiming a point.
Ashbrooke Belford House were twice ahead but eventually went down to Cleator Moor Celtic in Cumbria.
Stephen Bogie produced a superb finish on 27 minutes only for Jordan Little to convert a penalty for a 29th-minute equaliser.
Adam Meagan then beat Ashbrooke goalkeeper Paul Williamson but two goals in three minutes from Paul Grainger and Bogie sent the Wearsiders in ahead at the interval.
Darren Johnson restored parity on 65 minutes and in the late stages, Little and Meagan earned all three points for the hosts.
Horden CW came from behind to defeat Prudhoe Town for whom Adam Dobson was a fifth-minute scorer.
The Colliers quickly hit back with Mark Brischuk (2), John Bowes and an own goal, giving them a comfortable three -goal cushion before Connor Powell claimed a second goal for Prudhoe late in the game.
Jarrow moved off the bottom of the table when they claimed their first win in seven attempts, at Richmond Town whose marksman was Scott Guy. Daryl Turnbull and David Stansfield netted for the South Tynesiders.
Two goals from Lee Jones proved sufficient for Seaton Carew who failed to convert a number of chances against Gateshead Leam Rangers.
A hat-trick by Kevin Connolly featured in Whitehaven’s four -goal defeat of Boldon CA who were behind after just seven minutes with Lee Woolf beating goalkeeper Connor Binney.
Harton and Westoe fielded only eight players and crashed to a humiliating 11-1 defeat against Spennymoor Town Reserves.
The game was reduced to 70 minutes which was more than enough for Harton as Moors roared into double figures through Ross Morrow, with a hat-trick, Callum Griffiths (2), Peter Brown (2), Andrew Johnson (2), Rhys Kelly and Flynn Linklater-Johnson.
Martin Nugent claimed a solitary consolation for Harton on 33 minutes by which time they trailed by five goals.