CHESTER Garden Farm overwhelmed leaders Houghton with a 6-1 rout in Division Four.
Chris Trewick fired the opener, and soon doubled the lead before Tom Wray added a third by the break.
Trewick completed a four-goal salvo with two second-half efforts, with David Walsh also netting as Farm climbed to third place, while sub Daniel McBeth fired a late consolation for the well-beaten front-runners.
Chris Winter, Carl Hewitson, Carl Tingley and Luke Jury all notched as Quarrington Hill WMC held off battling bottom club Durham Federstion 4-3 in a game which saw both sides give everything.
Chris Owers hit two of Fed’s goals, with Gary Cummings their man of the match.
Durham County won 3-1 at Witton Gilbert Travellers Rest to move within a point of Houghton, scoring two decisive, late goals.
Mark Burden responded to strikes from Alex Graham (2) and Stanley Ogunsuyi.
Bowburn had Ray Pirt on target in a 2-1 loss at newcomers Chester-le-Street AFC.
Framwellgate Moor WMC are up to second place in Division Three after routing Lumley 6-1.
Three goals in the first 10 minutes settled the game, with doubles from Liam Wrightson and Ryan Nelson supported by James Smith and David Padgett. Scott Foster hit Lumley’s consolation.
Leaders Washington Cricket Club bowled over Belmont The Shoes in a 7-0 cruise.
Philip Ingram and Phil Clarke headed the first two goals as Washington passed the ball impressively, with Clarke going on to complete a well-taken hat-trick. Kyle Dinsdale and Taylor Hughes (2) also notched.
Pittington beat Ferryhill Community Hub 3-1 thanks to efforts from Phillip Harbisher, Brian College and Gareth Sheraton, with keeper John Best outstanding.
Houghton Wild Boar All-Stars stretched their unbeaten run to six games by edging home 2-1 against Washington Honest Boy in Division Two.
Boy took the lead when poor defending allowed them a simple header, but Wild Boar improved greatly on the restart.
Rob Thompson levelled when he sidefooted from close range then, in the 75th minute, a soft shot from Liam McKitten was inexplicably dropped by the keeper for substitute Chris Hutcheon to easily knock home the winner.
Table-toppers Durham County Seniors maintained their good form, beating Sedgefield SC 2-0.
Mark Hughes broke the deadlock, heading home a Kieron Bowes cross.
Bowes was involved again with the second, his cross-cum-shot deflecting over the keeper.
Jordan Haywood starred.
West Rainton were convincing 4-1 winners at Langley Park Rams Head.
Adrian Dawson, Chris Brown, Andrew Hope and Chris Peacock did the damage, with Steven Cummings replying.
Whitehills missed a series of chances but still secured a 4-1 win over Bishop Middleham, with Bradley Graham, Chris Burr, Lee Adams and sub Travis Turner on target. Philip Bland got Middleham back to 2-1 at one point.
Craig Coates was the difference between the sides as Sacriston Cricket Club secured an entertaining 5-2 Premier Division win at Hilda Park.
Coates, who worked non-stop for the full 90 minutes, notched a double, backed by Greg Coates, Anthony Ward and Gav McCormack, with Chris Watson and Jonathan Yip replying.
Houghton Comrades battled gallantly to secure a 1-1 derby draw at leaders Hetton Lyons CC, with Kyle Davis bagging the goal and James Cook their man of the match.
Pelaw Grange Dogs enjoyed a good 3-0 win over Chester Red Lion in Division One.
David Jeffers outpaced the Lion defence to latch onto keeper Sean Hall’s long ball to score the opener, then he added a second with the outside of his boot, following Neil Worley’s mazy run.
Michael Mclean made it three, side footing home on 80 minutes.
James Richardson’s hat-trick led the way as Ushaw Moor Cricket Club saw off bottom club High Handenhold Bird Inn 6-3.
Lewis Cook, Michael Abson and Reece Kenny also struck, with Marc Wood and two-goal Jonathan Swift responding.
Ouston Cherry Tree succumbed 3-1 at Ferryhill Dynamoes, failing to capitalise on a bright start in which they hit the bar twice..
Jonathan Mason, Tom Olley and Callum Walton all notched before sub Josh Fryer hit Tree’s consolation.