SEAHAM The George moved up to mid-table in the Premier Division with a 4-2 win over Easington Lane WMC.
Marc Ruddock’s hat-trick led the way. Paul Henderson also notched, while Jordan Garside and Scott Taylor hit Lane’s consolations.
The top two both lost at home.
Leaders Easington CIU were comprehensively beaten 4-1 by defending champions Peterlee Helford United, who have closed the gap at the top to five points and have four games in hand. Gary Shaw, Michael Cain, Stephen Bentley and sub Andrew Lonsdale struck for Helford, with Chris Hall responding.
A goal from Kristopher Hope was not enough to salvage anything for second-placed Horden CW Supporters Club, who went down 2-1 to mid-table Seaham Island Club, who had Tom Price and Paul Atkinson on target.
Peterlee Catholic Club were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Wingate, with Carl Winstanley, Keith Bailey and Trevor Davies on target.
Lowly Murton New Hesledon are facing a long winter in Division One after being squeezed out 3-2 by Seaham Phoenix, who had Dean Andrews (2) and Ryan Martin on target. Dave Parry and Paul Hossack netted in vain for Hesledon.
Leaders Easington Welfare maintained their four-point cushion when Joe Taboun and Lewis Miller helped seal a 2-0 win against bottom side Peterlee Central Club.
Second-top Easington Southside defeated Easington HMS Victory 4-2, with Kieran Purvis’s brace backed by strikes from Luke Barnes and Kyle Bagnall, with Bott and Graham replying.
Shotton Comrades kept up their winning run when a hat-trick from Liam Cockerill and two goals from Brett Carr saw them enjoy a comfortable 5-2 win against FC Easington whose goals came from Halliday and Stanley.
South Hetton Cricket Club, just outside the promotion places, were held to a 1-1 draw by Hetton Social, for whom Callum Burdon cancelled out Matthew Johnson’s strike.
Thornley Harry’s Bar maintained their rapid rise up the table, defeating Wingate Grange 4-2. John Davies’s hat-trick and a Shaun Jackson strike did the business, with Simon Hall and Michael Lee replying.
In the Second Division, Seaham Marlborough outgunned Peterlee Oaklands 4-2, courtesy of strikes from Wes Smith (2), Chris Blavery and Mick Kennedy.
Shotton Builders Warehouse had to work hard throughout the 90 minutes to keep their seven-point lead at the top after beating Acre Rigg SC 2-1. Warren French and Tony Hewitt did the damage, with Damien McAuliffe responding.
Paul Wilkinson’s brilliant hat-trick, along with efforts from Adam Croft, Aaron Brown and Kurt Luke, paved the way for second-placed Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion to defeat Haswell Oddfellows Arms 6-2. Neil Cook hit both consolations.
Easington Half Moon edged home 4-3 in a thriller against Peterlee Hearts to climb into the top half of the table. Jimmy Connor, Michael Hardy, Danny Sloan and Dave Rose were all on target, while Benton, Coates and Cole replied.
New Seaham Conservative Club and New Seaham Mallard finished all square at 1-1, with Daniel Gibson and Luke Wilson the respective marksmen, while Wingate Plough Inn comfortably dismissed Hetton Fox and Hounds 5-0, with Jake Devine’s brace supported by Jordan Devine, Dave Cummings and John Scott.