Steels King Bros secured their first Premier Division win of the new season, defeating newly-promoted Penshaw Catholic Club 2-0.
The fine away victory saw them move from bottom to mid-table in one fell swoop.
They deserved the 2-0 win but needed an own goal to send them on their way when, in a gallant attempt to clear his lines, a Penshaw defender sent an unstoppable header in off the far post.
The second goal followed some neat, flowing football by Steels. Chris Hall hesitated, but still found space in front of the Catholic defence to slot home, leaving the keeper with no chance.
Ryhope Foresters joined Steels on five points from five games when they drew 0-0 with Wallsend Community
Red House WMC are up to fourth following a 4-1 defeat of South Shields.
Wearmouth CW lost top spot in Division One to visitors Easington CIU after being beaten 2-1 at The Duck.
CIU took the lead in the fourth minute when Stevie Adair was brought down 10 yards outside the box and he drove the resulting free-kick into the bottom corner.
In a fine match, despite the weather, Wearmouth came back out the stronger and equalised midway through the second half. They piled on the pressure, but Easington showed their grit and, with 10 minutes left, broke to hit the winner, Adair converting a lovely through ball from David Banks.
Grindon Broadway romped to a 6-0 victory at Coxhoe Red Lion to climb to fourth place, while Washington Sandpiper handed a first defeat to Heaton Stannington, with the 2-1 success seeing them up to sixth. Bottom club Dubmire enjoyed their welcome first win, 3-2 against high-flying Ferryhill Greyhound.
Seaham lost pole position in Division Two after a thrilling first defeat, 5-3 at third-top Hylton CW. Durham Stonebridge beat Darsley Park 3-1 to go top.
Horden Sportsmans sit fifth after beating South Shields Catholic Club 4-1
The Philadelphia rose to fourth place in Division Three after edging a hard-fought 3-2 win at Rolls-Royce, while Blue House dropped to fifth on the back of a 3-1 home defeat to Washington JFC Biddick Inn.
Willow Pond sealed their second point from a 1-1 draw with bottom club Woodhorn Lane, while Oddies drew 1-1 with high-flying Wallsend Winstons. Unbeaten Wingate Cons top the table after winning 2-0 at Sedgefield Black Lion.
Ivy Legends grabbed their fourth win in five games in Division Four, crushing Shildon Grey Horse 6-2, while Wearmouth Old Boys crashed 6-0 at Heighington Bay Horse and Colonel Prior, who led with a clever lob, were pipped 3-2 at Hartlepool Tech.
Oddfellows Arms bagged a first point at the fifth time of asking, drawing 0-0 with Trimdon Vets.