Seaham Marlborough stepped up their Second Division promotion push with victory in the match of the day.
Andy Johnston bagged the only goal to sink Wingate Plough Inn, handing their visitors a first defeat of the season after six successive wins.
Marlborough, whose star was Adam Hepple, stayed a point behind neighbours, and leaders, NSCC. Trevor Davies stood out for Wingate.
Fourth-top Murton New Hesledon lost ground as goals from Ian Craggs, Gavin Hoggarth, and Liam Appleby were not enough in a 6-3 loss to NSCC.
Man of the match Lee Chapman (2), Ryan Chambers, Daniel Gibson, Lee Elliott and sub Kevin McGhin guided the New Seaham side home.
Michael Walton was the pick of Hesledon’s side.
Murton Park View climbed to fourth place in the Premier Division thanks to their impressive 7-3 derby win against Seaham The George.
Dave Gordon’s hat-trick and a brace from Ryan Martin, plus efforts from Martyn Brown and Andrew Upperton, steered Park View home.
Marc Ruddick, sub Darren Ruddock and Thomas Hobkirk netted for George, whose star man was keeper Keegan Ruddock.
Founder members Easington CIU are experiencing a difficult campaign and, after a 3-0 defeat to Shotton Comrades, find themselves bottom. Chris James, Lee Johnson and sub Richard Carr were all on target for Comrades, as CIU suffered a fifth defeat in their opening six league matches.
Adam Brown starred for Comrades, Joe Atherton for CIU.
Thornley Harrys Bar climbed out of the bottom two when goals from Shaun Jackson, Graham Manser and sub Lee Westgarth saw off Easington Lane WMC 3-2.
John Purvis and Elliott Woods grabbed Lane’s consolations, beating man of the match keeper Anthony Young. Callum Haswell shone for Lane.
Easington Southside are the new leaders of Division One following a hard-earned 2-1 success at bottom side Horden Cricket Club.
Mark Walker and Jamie Stott came up trumps for Southside, with Matthew Billiard man of the match.
Justin Scholick struck for the cricketers, whose star man was David Allen.
Two Carl Price strikes, along with efforts from Lewis Beeston, Rhys Williams and Nathan Graham, lifted Easington HMS Victory into the top half as they beat Wingate Grange 5-1. Michael Lee grabbed the consolation.
South Hetton Cricket Club romped to a 4-1 win over Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion, with two Matthew Johnson goals and efforts from Liam Houghton and Nathan Adamson, with Liam Watson star man. Steve Lynch notched for Trimdon, whose top performer was Aaron Brown.
Peterlee Catholic Club moved away from the relegation zone, beating Hetton Social 3-1.
Two-goal sub Ross Stephenson and Paul Wintrip did the damage, with Ben Pope star man.
Peterlee Helford United progressed to the last 16 of the Durham County Sunday Cup, but Horden CW Supporters Club’s dreams are over.
An effort from Jonathan Monaghan was not enough for Horden in their crushing 4-1 defeat to Darlington Haughton Grey Horse, with Jack Pounder the visitors’ star.
Helford, though, outgunned Sunderland side The Ashbrooke by the same score, thanks to two goals apiece from Daryl Evans and Gary Shaw.
Dawdon Welfare Park saw their match postponed so they travel to Witton Park Rose and Crown this week to try again.
There were two Tommy Burrell Memorial Cup ties.
FC Peterlee Moorcock mercilessly hammered Hetton Fox and Hounds 6-0 in the second round, while Karl Arkwright’s hat-trick was not enough for Peterlee Oaklands, who lost a third round thriller 4-3 to Peterlee Hearts.