Hall Farm Glasshus regained top spot in style, with a fine 5-1 victory at bottom club Billingham.
Front-runners Wheatley Hill WMC were without a game, so Hall Farm capitalised to go two points clear, albeit having played a game more.
Ian Canavan’s brace inspired the Sunderland side, backed by efforts from star man Alex McDonald, Cameron Marshall and Dan Callaghan. James Patrick netted Billingham’s consolation.
New boys West Auckland Tuns finally tasted a first league success, at the fifth attempt. They grabbed the derby honours by edging home 1-0 against Bishop Auckland Reserves. thanks to a Paul Bailes goal.
Tyler Thompson shone for Tuns, with Liam Woodfine man of the match for Bishops, who suffered their first league defeat.
Sherburn Village WMC endured a nightmare day in the South Durham Bowl second round, succumbing to a 5-0 beating at Crook and District League outfit Bowes.
Gareth Armstrong was Sherburn’s top performer, but the Barnard Castle side were too strong on the day.
Tommy Hutchinson and two-goal Callum Tallentire had Sherburn three down at the break, with Tom Merryweather and Jason Tobbell netting in the second period.
Blackhill & Ebchester won through in a 10-goal thriller in the Auckland Charity Cup.
Doubles from Stephen Agnew and star man Richy Parkin steered Blackhill home 6-4 against Darlington Travellers Rest, with Michael Hannant and Daniel McDonough also netting. The visitors hit back from 2-0 down to lead 4-3, only to be sunk by three unanswered second-half goals.