SEAHAM Red Star moved out of the bottom three in the STL Northern League Second Division with an unexpected 3-1 victory over Crook Town.
Johnny Monaghan inspired the visitors with his early strike, but Kyle Davis quickly levelled.
With time running out, Kevin Gordon beat Graeme Pickering to restore the advantage to Red Star, who clinched only their second win in 12 outings when Gordon again netted three minutes from time.
Easington Colliery crashed to a 4-1 defeat at home to Birtley Town, who took advantage of a strong wind and built up a three-goal interval lead courtesy of James Allison, Danny Smart and Daniel McIntosh.
Smart made it four midway through the second period and there was only a minute remaining when Ben Riding claimed a consolation goal for the Colliers.
Darlington RA stay third and West Allotment Celtic are up to sixth following victory at Brinkburn Road,where Liam McIver and Scott Fenwick were the matchwinners after Stephen Allinson had given RA a fourth-minute lead.
In Division One, there was good news for leaders Sunderland RCA when Whitley Bay lost for the first time in nine games, at Billingham Synthonia.
Matt Crossen, Chay Liddle and David Abel had Synners cruising and the game was into stoppage time before Paul Chow replied for the Seahorses.
Spennymoor, though, now look dangerous following an indifferent start to the season.
The reigning champions crushed Penrith as the goals flowed from Philip Thornton (og), Michael Laws, Sonny Andrews, Adam Johnston and Gavin Barton.
Bishop Auckland ended comfortably in front of Stokesley SC courtesy of Andrew Johnson, with a brace and Darren Richardson.
Joe Melvin struck for Stokesley, for whom Nathan Porritt had a penalty saved.
Consett ended a losing sequence with victory at Bedlington Terriers, where David Brown and Michael Mackay netted and Tow Law went down by a similar score to Norton and Stockton, for whom Garry Barnes scored both goals.
Newly-promoted Newton Aycliffe are fifth following a 4-1 romp at Shildon thanks to Glen Robson (2), Dale Jardine and Elliott Gardner. Warren Byrne was Shildon’s only marksman.