SILKSWORTH CW were facing defeat by Wearside League bottom-of-the-table Coxhoe Athletic, but rallied and a strong second-half performance earned them a point.
Adam Stone lobbed goalkeeper Joe Clayton after only 16 minutes and Coxhoe made it two on the half hour mark as Tom Olley also found the net.
The Wearsiders played much better in the second period and Glen Hargrave reduced the deficit when he drove past goalkeeper Jonathan Hornsby from 12 yards.
The equaliser came in the 65th minute with a hotly-disputed penalty. Rob Hall though kept his cool and fired past Hornsby.
Just before the end Silksworth almost grabbed the three points when Alex Kempster’s shot hit the crossbar.
Ashbrooke Belford House were also involved in a 2-2 draw at Horden CW for whom Peter Crawford tapped the ball into the net on 39 minutes.
Within five minutes, Ashbrooke were back in the game with a fine individual effort by Shaun Petch, who dribbled his way into the penalty area before beating goalkeeper David Garside.
There was a double blow for the Colliers in the 62nd minute when they had Dan Flounders sent off and Ashbrooke were awarded a penalty which Stephen Bogie converted.
Despite being down to 10 men, the home side claimed an equaliser with Simon Todd finding the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Sunderland West End moved into the top six when late goals earned them victory at Boldon CA.
Seventy minutes had elapsed before Brad Foster broke the deadlock, heading past goalkeeper Conor Binney and as they pressed searching for an equaliser, the home side left the door open for John Coomber to score the second decisive goal two minutes from the end.
Ryhope CW, who were scheduled to be on cup duty, saw their lead at the top reduced to a couple of points when Stockton Town thumped Seaton Carew.
There was little to choose between the sides in the opening half hour, but once Adam Nicholson broke the deadlock, the floodgates opened and Stockton went nap with further strikes from Kallum Hannah (2), Mick Dunwell (pen) and Craig Wilkinson.
Cleator Moor Celtic consolidated third place and they too were in scoring mode at Annfield Plain.
Gareth Little, Leigh Dunn and Stuart Shaw had them in control and although Andrew Knight cut the deficit, the Cumbrians finished strongly and were rewarded with a second goal by Little.
Redcar Athletic are fourth after edging Gateshead Leam Rangers in an eventful game.
Lance Skelton was an early scorer, but Leam went in ahead with a brace of goals by Taylor Hughes.
Midway through the second period, Adam Preston restored parity and in the 69th minute, Leam goalkeeper Scott Young was sent off.
Five minutes later, Leon Kane was also red-carded and Redcar made the numerical advantage count, claiming a winning goal by James Swan.
In added time, Leam went down to eight players when Anthony Mpwilu was also dismissed.
Hartlepool are just ahead of Coxhoe at the bottom of the table by virtue of having a better goals difference. They breathed a sigh of relief when Jarrow’s Brian Johnson failed from the penalty spot, but their hopes ended as Grant Pressling and Ryan Burton scored in the last eight minutes.
Ryhope CW’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup semi-final tie at Richmond Town was again postponed and the Wearsiders will now have home advantage when the game is played next month.