WASHINGTON suffered a shock setback to their Second Division promotion bid, as Tow Law Town boosted their survival bid with only a fourth win in 33 games.
The Mechanics slipped to fourth place following their 3-2 reverse at the Ironworks Road ground.
Twice behind to goals by Lawyers’ Liam Dixon and Shaun Ryder, Washington hit back through Mark Davison (penalty) and Matt Fisher, but, just before the end, Brazilian Gustavo Silva completed a 3-2 win for the second-bottom home side, who still have a lot to do if they are to avoid finishing in the bottom two.
Leaders Seaham Red Star, who face a trip to Nissan to take on Washington tomorrow night, took another step towards promotion at the weekend.
Despite trailing at one stage to strikes from Connor Campbell and Jack Bradbury, Red Star ended comfortable 4-2 home winners over Stokesley SC when man of the match Warren Byrne rifled a hat-trick and Carl Thorp also scored.
Norton are second after routing Ryton and Crawcrook 5-0, with Anthony Hume (2), Jack Proctor, John Seaton and Gary Mitchell on target. Team Northumbria, 2-0 victors over Esh Winning thanks to Lewis Storey and Nicholas Green, leapfrogged Washington into third position.
Bottom club Brandon United won for only the third time, impressively defeating Chester-le-Street 5-3 with goals by man of the match James Ellis (3), Keiran Weekes and Andy Clarkson. Michael Hepplewhite (penalty), Glen Hargrave and Dan Hepplewhite replied for the Cestrians.
Ryhope CW led with a goal from Chris Trewick for 75 minutes but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Whickham, for whom Dan O’Reill equalised.
Birtley Town were well beaten 4-1 at Alnwick Town, for whom Ross Straughan, John Colley, Keith Douglas (penalty) and Keiron Hogg netted. Lee Best replied.