HOUGHTON Comrades handed out a first Premier Division defeat to Newton Aycliffe WMC, winning 2-1 away thanks to Ross Galley and Ben Riding.
Galley saw red for Comrades, with Richard Langthorne and Stuart Owen dismissed for the hosts, for whom Rob Moncur struck.
Hilda Park secured only their second league win of the season, seeing off winless visitors East Rainton 4-2.
Steven Wood, who was later sent off, star man Chris Watson, and Jamie Gordon were among the goals, with Callum Munro and Adam Storey replying.
Gary Draper (2) and Anthony Ward earned Sacriston Cricket Club a 3-3 draw at Sedgefield St Edmund’s, for whom Ed Johnson (2) and John Maddison replied.
Bede Lodge SC enjoyed a brilliant 4-1 derby win at Framwellgate Moor WMC in Division Three.
Two-goal David Duke, Daniel Mann and Nick Gibson did the damage.
Winless Lumley crashed 4-2 to Pittington despite efforts from Adam Nesbitt and Jack Liddle.
Houghton comfortably outgunned Durham Federation 6-1 to move top in Division Four, with Lee McBeth’s treble leading the way.
James Carman, Andrew Brooke and sub Dan Grant also notched, with Ben Pearson replying.
Cameron Murdoch, Dan Cummings and Ross Stoker netted as Fencehouses beat High Shincliffe Avenue 3-0.
Durham County had star man Jack Hodgkiss, Andrew Matthewson, Robson Brown, Stanley Ogunsuyi and Joe Kerry to thank for a 5-3 defeat of Washington Jays.
Two-goal Alex Quinn and Nick Kitching earned Bowburn Athletic a 3-3 draw at high-flying Lumley Snooker Club, who had James Laidler (2) and David Finlay on target.
Steven Gibson and Joad Alattraqchi netted in vain for Newton Hall Jovial Monk, who lost 3-2 at Quarrington Hill WMC.
Waldridge Park routed luckless Burnmoor JFC 6-0 in Division Two, with Matthew Agar and Henry Allen hitting doubles, backed by Luke Anderson and Adam Bell.
Steven Cumming’s brace helped Langley Park Rams Head sink Bishop Middleham 5-3. Dan Hamilton, Kelvyn Scorer and Stephen Mickle also netted, with Tom Olley, David Redfern and Jon Hornsby responding.
Leaders Whitehills romped home 5-1 at New Brancepeth WMC, for whom Anthony Bussey struck.
Chester Britannia edged a 2-1 First Division derby win over Chester Red Lion, courtesy of goals from star man Chris Youldon and Michael Dawson.
Nicky Pickford, Neil Searby, David Harrison and Dayle Taylor earned Chilton WMC a 4-1 win over Pelaw Grange Dogs, with sub John Robinson replying.
Two-goal Callum Walton and Reeve Marshall gave Ferryhill Dynamos a 3-1 victory at High Handenhold Bird Inn, with Jon Swift responding.
Ushaw Moor Cricket Club forced a 4-4 draw at Ouston Cherry Tree, whose marksmen were Jon Morrison, Michael Ross and Andrew Clarkson (2).
Richard Etherington, Connor Surtees, Michael Jones and Chris Coates struck for the cricketers.