CHESTER-le-Street couldn’t prevent Team Northumbria from regaining the leadership of the STL Northern League Second Division when the sides met at Chester Moor Park last night.
Team broke the deadlock through Graeme Carrick and then Peter Watling took his team’s total to 29 in 11 games with an easy tap-in.
Birtley Town were involved in a thriller at Whickham who moved into fourth place.
The visitors were 4-1 and 5-3 ahead before eventually losing 6-5. Lawrence McKenna (3), Tony Thirkell (2) and Stephen Aiston struck for the Glebemen with Kevin Dixon (2), Daniel Smart, Craig Marron and Scott Garrett replying.
Horden CW moved off the bottom with a deserved point at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion where Dan Reeves gave the Colliers the lead.
It was not until two minutes before the interval that Scott Palmer levelled and 10 minutes from time Mark Eccles fired Ryton in front with Horden appealing in vain for offside.
Five minutes later Kevin Price lobbed goalkeeper Alex Curran and the point enabled the Colliers to leap-frog Whitehaven.
Seaham Red Star are also in the bottom four after crashing at Gillford Park where Craig McManus headed them into a 17th-minute lead.
From then on though the Carlisle-based side took control and goals flowed from Mark Shiel, with a brace, David Wallace, Lee Hoolickin and James Earl.
In Division One, Dunston UTS moved closer to leaders Sunderland RCA with a victory at Jarrow Roofing.
Paul Wardle headed past his own goalkeeper Nick Liversedge, who was beaten again before the interval by Anthony Hume’s clinical finish.
There was no way back for Richie McLoughlin’s team when Andrew Bulford made it three.
West Auckland are also keeping the pressure on RCA and they enjoyed a second-half romp at Marske United.
Stuart Banks was a fifth-minute scorer and just before the interval Marske levelled thanks to Anthony Ormerod.
Mattie Moffat converted a 66th-minute penalty and from then on West coasted home with further strikes from Danny Hindmarsh and Moffat.
South Shields gained a welcome victory in a bottom-three clash with Tow Law Town at Filtrona Park.
Andrew Barclay, David Southern and Alex Benjamin had them three goals up before Matthew Scott claimed a consolation for the Lawyers, who remain second bottom ahead of Stokesley SC who host Sunderland RCA tonight.