SUNDERLAND West End’s aspirations to aim for third position in the Wearside League receded when they were beaten 2-0 by lowly Coxhoe Athletic last night.
The South Durham side took only eight minutes to break the deadlock when Vinny Gash rifled a right-foot shot to the left of goalkeeper Neil Bussey.
Coxhoe doubled the lead on 29 minutes and again Gash was the marksman, this time firing across Bussey when on the run.
The home side, who started the game fourth from bottom, gave one of their best performances of the season and could have won by a bigger margin.
Silksworth Rangers are rooted firmly at the basement but they were desperately unlucky not to claim a point in the home fixture with Redcar Athletic.
The only goal came in added time when the ball was cleared to the edge of the penalty area and Luke Woodall curled a shot past Rangers’ goalkeeper Joe Clayton.
Willington’s lead at the top of the table was reduced to seven points when they were held to a draw by Boldon CA.
Adam Sakr gave them the lead a minute before the interval but almost immediately after resuming James Hedley headed in the equaliser.
Midway through the second half, Jason White restored the advantage to the Hall Lane side only for Boldon to come back a second time as Jack Lawson converted a penalty awarded for a handling offence.
Stockton Town are second with a game in hand on the leaders. They just edged Kirkbymoorside with a late winner from Kallum Hannah after Tom Atkinson had cancelled out Chris Rhodes’ opener.
Richmond Town stay third and although 11 points off the top, they have played three fewer games than Willington.
They too won by a slender 2-1 margin at home to Wolviston who trailed to Ben Darville and Shaun Radford before Shaun Gregory cut the deficit.
Seaton Carew strolled to victory in the local derby at Hartlepool where Lee Jones, Andy Ross and Craig Hutchinson all beat goalkeeper Russ Blenkinsop.
Cleator Moor Celtic consolidated sixth place with a 3-2 victory at home to Annfield Plain, who trailed by three goals inside 32 minutes. Bradley Rooney, Tom Mahon and Leigh Dunn all beat keeper Grant Scott.
After 75 minutes Ross Nicholson scored a penalty and in the 86th minute James Davies hit a tremendous shot into the top corner.