SEAHAM Red Star had a free day in Division Two, but results didn’t go their way with the three leading sides all winning.
Leaders North Shields just edged Birtley Town with a 94th-minute penalty by leading scorer Gareth Bainbridge who had given the Robins a first-half advantage.
Callum Hope levelled after 72 minutes and a draw looked the likely outcome until Bainbridge kept his cool to fire in the spot-kick.
Second-top West Allotment Celtic defeated Willington courtesy of goals by Michael Bell, David Dormand and Shaun Reid.
Heaton Stannington are third but they had their work cut out before seeing off lowly Thornaby with strikes by Clay Darrell and Kevin Carr. Richard Walker had equalised.
Red Star stay fourth and Jarrow Roofing are up to fifth following victory over sixth-placed Norton and Stockton Ancients. Andy Appleby, with a brace and Paul Gardiner led Richie McLoughlin’s side to victory with Marcus Laing replying.
Chester-le-Street jumped into mid-table with a home win against second bottom Esh Winning when Damien Stevens scored both goals at Chester Moor Park.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion are bottom after losing to Stokesley SC whose marksmen were Greg Upton, Greg Peel, Ryan Rebas and Gary Redman. Ozioma Davidson claimed a consolation for Ryton.
South Shields looked to be home and dry when they led Darlington RA at the interval with a hat-trick by Stephen Ramsey but after Stephen Allison and James Muir cut the deficit to a single goal, the Mariners were rocked as Martin Butterworth levelled five minutes into added time.