Title favourites Dawdon Welfare Park stepped up their Premier Division championship push with a 6-1 drubbing of third-top Shotton Comrades.
Star man Robbie Bird, Paul Atkinson, Craig and Tom Price, Kyle Bell and sub Wes Smith all netted for the Green Drive outfit, while Stuart Softley replied for the Comrades, whose man of the match was Paul Cudlip.
Peterlee Helford United kept alive their hopes by beating Hetton The Tuns 4-1, thanks to a brace from Keith Bailey and efforts from Dane Wilson and Chris Freeman.
John Metcalfe’s strike was not enough for Murton Park View, who lost 3-1 to neighbours Seaham The George, whose goals came courtesy of Tom Hopkirk, Shane Docherty and sub Adam Wallace.
Marc Ruddick stood out for George.
In the First Division, Easington Southside maintained their promotion aspirations with a comfortable 6-0 win against Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion.
Josh Broom, Darren Massam, Kieran Purvis, Neil Sergeant, and substitutes Ken Pounder and Liam Walker all got in on the act. Graeme Blakey was Trimdon’s top performer.
Bottom side Horden Cricket Club found that goals from Lee Cleary and Lewis Calvert were not enough against a rampant Hetton Social, who won 5-2.,
Two-goal sub McAuley Brannigan was supported by efforts from Ben Roberts, Adam Barrass and Nathan Fannan. Karl Powney was Hetton’s star man, with Jamie Wright best for the cricketers.
In Division Two, Dave Parry, Josh Kettle, Liam Appleby, Gavin Hoggarth and a brace from Kevin Alderson steered Murton New Hesledon home to a comfortable 6-1 win against Haswell Oddfellows Arms.
Ben Davies notched for Oddfellows. Steven Goddard was Hesledon’s star man.
Two goals apiece from Karl Arkwright and Phil Robinson saw Peterlee Oaklands enjoy a 4-0 win against New Seaham Mallard, whose man of the match was Liam Watson.
Reviving Peterlee Central Club finished 3-2 winners in a derby thriller against Acre Rigg SC, with their goals coming from Andrew Jones, John Ritson and sub Anthony Cairns, with star man Adam Pearn and Scott Jackson replying.
Keeper Adam Pawley was Central’s top performer.
South Hetton Cricket Club succumbed 4-3 to Thornley Harrys Bar in a classic John and Pat McManus Memorial Cup quarter-final tie.
Two-goal Elliott Young and Mark Hartley, who was later sent off, struck for the cricketers.
Two goals from Jonathan Roberts along with efforts from Daniel Gibson and Lee Chapman paved the way fo
NSCC reached the Second Division Cup semi-finals thanks to a comfortable 4-1 away success against Wingate Plough Inn.
Jonathan Roberts’ well-taken double was added to by Daniel Gibson and Lee Chapman for the New Seaham side, with Dean Andrews man of the match.