Farringdon Detached reached double figures as they romped to only their second league win of the season.
Detached proved too strong for pointless hosts Seaham New Westlea, running out comfortable 10-3 victors to climb to 12th place.
Hat-tricks from Aaron Clasper and star man Lewis Dodd led the way, with Michael Gibbons (2) and Shane Davis also among the goals, while Ethan Dowse and Stephen Squire replied.
Durham City Reserves moved to the top of the table after handing Washington AFC a 10th successive defeat.
City dominated from the start against the battling bottom club, with Chris Pattinson, Craig Mountain, Jeremy Allen, Kyle Patton, Mathew Huntley and Michael Webster all on the scoresheet in a 6-0 victory. Dominic Hogg starred.
Hall Farm succumbed to a first defeat of the season, and lost pole position in the process, following a 5-0 defeat at Redcar Town.
Both sides had chances before the Teessiders broke the deadlock, with Stuart Poulter netting a rebound off luckless man-of-the-match keeper Lee Smith.
Poulter completed his hat-trick in the second half, with sub Dave Hitchen and Nico Weatherall (penalty) adding to the woes of never-say-die Farm, who could feel hard done by with the scoreline.
Guide Post were beaten 3-1 by visitors Hartlepool Reserves, who had Thomas Hickey, Dan Butler and Karl Hammond on target. Star man Adam McQuillan bagged the Wearsiders’ reply.
Bishop Auckland eased to a 4-1 win at Blackhill & Ebchester, with Dale Sadler, Liam Bain, Reed Molloy and Shaun Pickford all on target before Phillip McConnell responded.
Wheatley Hill WMC enjoyed a 4-2 success at Brandon United Development, courtesy of Lee Westgarth (3) and Philly Hickman, with Anthony Bussey hitting both replies.
Coundon & Leeholme climbed into second place on the back of a 6-1 demolition of Wallsend Town.
Chris Howe stole the show with a well-taken hat-trick, backed by strikes from Connor Hughes and Scott Hastie.
Sherburn Village WMC won well, 6-1 at Whitburn Village to rise to fourth place. Alex Hird (2), Glenn Hendrix (2), Joe Simpson and Peter Ryder notched.