EASINGTON Colliery strengthened their grip at the top of the table with a comfortable win at second-from-bottom Coxhoe Athletic.
Anthony Ross and Chris Tarn set them on their way and when James Donnelly and Ross added goals in the second half, the Colliers coasted to victory.
They are now 12 points ahead of Ryhope CW, whose game against Ashbrooke Belford House at Silksworth was postponed because work was being carried out at the ground.
Ryhope have two games in hand on Easington, while New Marske, also 12 points off the leaders, have played three fewer games.
The Seasiders maintained the pressure on the leading pair with victory at Cleator Moor Celtic, where Stuart Poulter scored the only goal.
There was an abundance of goals at Kirkbymoorside, but unfortunately for Houghton Town, six of the seven were scored by the hosts.
Ryan Rivis rifled a hat-trick, Martin Cooper bagged a brace while Uyi Ehima completed a comprehensive victory. Houghton’s only reply came from Chris Curtis.
Boldon CA have won their last three games, scoring no fewer than 15 goals. They hit Wolviston for six, but it was not until the last 10 minutes that they made sure of the points.
Mark Williams was an early scorer, but before the interval Kallum Hannah equalised for Wolviston.
Early in the second half Williams regained the advantage for his team and the game was closely contested until, amazingly, Boldon scored four times in four minutes through Paul Heads, Michael Meek, Paul Burrell and Shaun Reay.
Silksworth were first to score at Jarrow, courtesy of Scott Walker, but the home side hit back with two goals apiece from Paul Turrell and Peter Kane.
An only goal by James Kesterton proved sufficient for Redcar Athletic in the local derby with Stockton Town and Darlington Cleveland Bridge ended as easy winners at Willington thanks to strikes from Nev Fuller, Christian Halliday and Daniel McLachlan.
The outcome might well have been different if Willington’s Graeme Lazenby and Mitchell Sowerby had not been sent off within the space of two minutes when their team trailed by an only goal.
John Clarke earned Annfield Plain a point at home to Hartlepool, who led through Carl Wood, while Andrew Clarkson scored both Windscale’s goals at Prudhoe Town, whose only response was credited to Andrew Clarkson.