New Seaham Westlea beat Hetton Fox and Hounds 5-3 in a classic Second Division clash to secure their first league win at the fifth attempt.
Andrew Boal’s brace, backed by star man Dean Andrews, sub Josh Elliott and Alex Hutchinson gave Westlea the edge.
Two-goal Michael Brunning and Curtis Fenwick struck for Hetton.
Man of the match Dave Kember’s well-taken hat-trick lifted Peterlee Hearts up to second place after they beat Horden Cricket Club 3-2 in a thriller.
Dan Gething netted twice in reply for the cricketers, who suffered their first league defeat. Reece Brymer shone for Horden.
Goals from Michael Bayles and Thomas Bell paved the way for Peterlee Central Club to secure a first league win, as they beat new boys Sherburn United 2-0.
Keeper Damian Price was outstanding for Sherburn.
Champions Dawdon Welfare Park were one of three clubs to lose their 100% Premier Division record.
The Green Drive men finished 3-3 against Horden CW Supporters Club, with Robbie Bird, Nathan Burrell and Liam Hodgson their marksmen.
Jonathan Monaghan, star man Robert Taylor and Charlie Saliki netted for the Supporters, who are third in the table, behind Dawdon only on goal difference.
Paul Atkinson shone for Dawdon.
Leaders Peterlee Catholic Club drew 1-1 with Peterlee Helford United in a great derby encounter, with both sides failing to extend their perfect starts.
Liam Wintrip was on target for Catholic Club, with Daryl Evans replying.
Paul Braithwaite ran the show for Helford, with keeper Grant Dickson magnificent for Catholic.
Shotton Comrades moved out of the relegation zone after cruising to a comfortable 4-0 win against Easington CIU. Two-goal Scott Danks, Lewis McGeoch and substitute Jak Hanson did the damage, with James Nelson man of the match.
South Hetton Cricket Club claimed a first league win in Division One, beating Murton New Hesledon 4-2.
Substitute Mathew Johnson struck twice, while Liam Watson and Alan Curl also netted, with Dave Parry and Anthony Cook replying.
Gavin Hoggarth stood out for the Muton side, with Nathan Adamson top man for the cricketers.
John Quarmby’s goal was not enough for Easington Lane WMC as they lost 2-1 to Hetton Social in a tight derby. Stephen Francis was Lane’s star man.
Easington Welfare and Peterlee Oaklands are joint leaders and nothing could separate the sides when they met.
Lee Cleary opened the scoring for Oaklands, but substitute Tom Williams equalised to ensure a 1-1 draw.
Ben Price starred for Welfare, who had Ryan Chambers sent off, with Matthew Hall best for Oaklands.
Seaham The George progressed in the Durham County Sunday Cup with a 1-0 second preliminary round victory at home to Wingate Plough Inn.
Thomas Hopkirk’s goal proved decisive for the Premier side, with Steven Hobkirk star man. Trevor Davies stood out for Plough.
Easington HMS Victory reached the second round of the Tommy Burrell Memorial Cup when they hammered Second Division Seaham Parkside 8-2.
Ryan Douglas’s brace led the way, backed by further efforts from Phil Harriman, Carl Price, star man Thomas Bott, Jack Garside, Gary Spalding and Nathan Graham.
Matthew Mustard fired both Parkside consolations.
A strike from Michael Lee was not enough for Wingate Grange, who lost 3-1 to Seaham Marlborough after extra time in the First Division League Cup.
Ryan Martin, Lee Elliott and Chris Dormant notched for Marlborough, with keeper Jack Patton their man of the match. Adam Benton shone for Grange.
Haswell Oddfellows Arms enjoyed an emphatic 8-0 win over Grangetown WMC to reach the second round of the George Ivey Cup.
Scott French’s clinical hat-trick was added to by star man Arthur Dolan (2), Liam Walker, Carl Stephenson and Andrew Armstrong.
Kevin Yembe was Grangetown’s top performer.