PETERLEE Town appeared to be coasting to an easy Wearside League victory when they led Jarrow by three goals after 33 minutes, but in a thrill-a-minute contest, the home side levelled only to concede another three times in the space of as many minutes.
Debutant David Laight, David Newby and Jordan Thompson were early marksmen but by the 70th minute it was all to play for following strikes by Daryl Turnbull, Paul Trosh and Chris McDonald.
After dominating and then having their backs to the wall, Peterlee suddenly found a new momentum and in an incredible three minutes romped into a 6-3 lead courtesy of Laight, Thompson and Paul Taylor.
There was still time for Andrew Wilkinson to score at the other end but Peterlee ended 6-4 winners following a memorable game.
Easington Colliery came from behind to defeat Boldon CA for whom Shaun Heads struck after just eight minutes.
Rhys Brymer equalised immediately before the interval and late goals from Martin Fowler and Robert Taylor earned the Colliers their fourth win of the season.
The Wearside derby ended with honours even. Adam McQuillan converted a pass by David Keighley to give Sunderland West End the edge but soon afterwards Luke Olabode levelled for Ashbrooke Belford House following a corner.
An only goal by Craig Padley was sufficient for Cleator Moor Celtic at home to Kirkbymoorside and Richmond Town are now just a point behind leaders Willington after defeating Hartlepool.
A draw looked the likely outcome when the sides shared four goals going into the last minute but Aaron Ramsbottom grabbed a third goal for Richmond, who deep into stoppage time made it four through Mark Simms.
Earlier, Kalumn Holbrook and Ramsbottom netted for Richmond with Shaun Atkinson and Johnny Bolton replying.
Silksworth Rangers progressed in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup as Glen Hargreaves scored the only goal against Annfield Plain, in extra-time.
Harton and Westoe went out to Darlington Cleveland Bridge whose matchwinners were Michael Carter, with a hat-trick, and Daniel McLachlan (2). David Graham and Stephen Telford replied.
Redcar Athletic were comfortable winners at Seaton Carew where they led courtesy of James Kesterton (2) and Billy Millington before Peter Twidale claimed a late consolation.
Gateshead Leam Rangers exited to Stockton Town whose matchwinner was Tom Atkinson with a brace while leaders Willington were taken to the wire before defeating bottom-of-the-table Wolviston.
Michael Weston and Jason White were their scorers with Carl Kennedy on the mark for Wolviston.
Managerless Coxhoe Athletic had an easy passage into the next round of the Durham Trophy, defeating Billingham Town Intermediates, who played the entire game with 10 men, with goals from Stephen Parnaby (pen), Dan Petts, Stephen Francis and Shane Todd.