SHOTTON Comrades stunned Premier high-fliers Peterlee Helford United to seal their place in the Tommy Burrell Memorial Cup semi-finals.
The First Division promotion hopefuls will now meet Seaham The George in their last-four tie.
Acre Rigg SC enjoyed their biggest win of the season in Division Two, defeating Easington Half Moon 8-2
Scott Danks found Lee Buck, who fired Comrades’ opener past Helford keeper Steve Hubery. Gary Shaw equalised, but Brett Carr restored the visitors’ lead.
Helford had Dan Reeves sent off and Comrades made them pay, with Danks hitting a decisive third goal. Shaw’s superb, opportunist strike gave Helford a lifeline, but the Comrades held on for a superb 3-2 victory.
Anthony Cowie’s double paved the way for Easington Welfare to reach the last four, beating Second Division Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion 2-1. Dean Armstrong struck for Albion.
Easington Southside moved top in Division One thanks to a 2-0 win over FC Easington.
Southside dictated play and opened the scoring when Darren Massam latched onto Michael Fox’s cross to score.
Substitute Paul Newby fired the vital second goal, poking home from close range in a goalmouth melee.
Easington HMS Victory are now five points behind the leaders after being held 2-2 by Wingate Grange.
Nathan Graham and Carl Price twice had Victory in front, but Martin Basley and Michael Lee equalised in turn.
Kyle Middleton’s brilliant hat-trick, backed by Dave Summerson (2) and Craig Tupling, steered Thornley Harrys Bar home 6-2 against already-relegated Peterlee Central, for whom Michael Bayles and sub Phil Andrews struck.
South Hetton Cricket Club, eyeing an instant promotion back to the top flight, are looking good.
Alan Curl’s hat-trick, supported by doubles from Matthew Johnson and Liam Houghton, plus strikes by Richard Coleman and Graham Hall, routed Murton New Hesledon 9-0 to go third.
Hetton Social moved out of the bottom three when Dan Robson (2) and Carlton Hughes saw off Seaham Phoenix 3-1. Ryan Martin replied.
Acre Rigg SC enjoyed their biggest win of the season in Division Two, defeating Easington Half Moon 8-2, with five-goal Scott Jackson the star man. Chris Anderson added a hat-trick, while Ian Craggs fired both consolations.
Leaders Shotton Builders Warehouse maintained their four-point lead at the top by edging a 3-2 victory over Peterlee Oaklands.
Paul Robinson opened the scoring for Builders, but Philip Robinson levelled and, against the run of play, Liam Owen fired Oaklands in front.
Karl Garside and sub Simon Ward, though, earned Shotton the spoils.
Wingate Plough Inn remain four points behind, after a comfortable 6-2 win against New Seaham Conservative Club, who have fallen away in recent weeks.
Dave Cummings and Joe Coulson both netted twice for Plough, with Jordan Devine and Dan Gorton also on target. Jonathan Roberts and Dan Gibson replied.
Peterlee Hearts had Christian Cole, Jared Jones and sub Damien McAuliffe to thank for a 3-1 win against New Seaham Mallard, with Luke Atkinson responding, while Hetton Fox and Hounds beat Haswell Oddfellows Arms 3-0, courtesy of Carl Mason, Karl Powney and Anthony Froud.
In the Premier Division, Horden CW Supporters Club rose to second place after crushing Peterlee Catholic Club 5-1.
Jonathan Monaghan netted a first-half double before Ben Pope reduced the arrears, volleying home from the edge of the box. Rob Taylor’s brace and a Peter Deary strike sealed Supporters’ success.
They are now only three points behind leaders Wingate but have played two game more.
Easington CIU lost 2-0 to Seaham The George, whose marksmen were Marc Ruddock and Jordan Bunts, while Murton Park View lost by the same score to Hetton The Tuns, with Scot Henderson and Chris Hugill on target.
Kevin Woods netted for Easington Lane WMC, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Seaham Island Club, with Daniel Armstong replying.