SEAHAM Red Star at last tasted success in Division Two yesterday, but it was a close call at Northallerton.
Calvin Gowland, James Fairley and Danny Chapman (own goal) appeared to have Kevin Turns’ side on the road to an easy win, but two goals in the last 10 minutes from Grant Hickman and Gary Mitchell had them hanging on.
Easington Colliery won the local derby with Horden CW 4-2. Twice behind to efforts from Andy Hall and Luke Wilson (penalty), the visitors levelled with two goals from Liam Woodhouse.
Easington finished strongly, though, and after Dale Crawford made it 3-2, David Doughty made the game safe.
Washington, with games in hand on the three teams above them, are down to fourth, with Darlington RA the new leaders following a 2-1 win at Thornaby.
Alnwick Town moved second place after a 3-3 derby draw at Morpeth, while Team Northumbria are third, level on points with Washington, following a 4-2 defeat of Ryton and Crawcrook Albion. Former Washington player Peter Watling and Tom Davies both notched twice.
Kieran Megran and Darren Kokes each struck twice in Esh Winning’s 4-1 win at Crook Town, for whom Chris Wallace netted, while Mark Costello cancelled out Ian Race’s own goal to earn Brandon United the point at home to Whickham.
H Tonight, Chester-le-Street meet neighbours Birtley Town at Chester Moor Park, while Washington have the chance to regain pole position but could find it difficult at sixth-placed Hebburn Town.