RYHOPE Foresters edged home 3-2 in a First Division derby thriller against Grindon Broadway.
Ryhope started brightly and grabbed a deserved 10th-minute lead, with Liam Stokoe scoring, setting up an end to end clash.
David Mills fired Grindon level, but Foresters had the best of the remainder of the first half, without grabbing a second goal.
Ian Patterson’s powerful header, though, put Ryhope on top early in the second half, though Paul Griffiths quickly equalised.
Grindon pressed hard for a third, but were denied by impressive keeper Rob Leeming, whose heroics were rewarded in the final minute when Marcus Turnbull bagged the home winner.
Darren Cliff stood out for Grindon, keeper Leeming for Foresters.
Penshaw Catholic Club maintained their unbeaten record, and top spot, thanks to a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Hartlepool Gillen Arms.
A tight first half ended goalless, but Penshaw made the breakthrough on the restart, Darren “Digger” Oliver heading home a Jon Cullen free-kick.
Keeper Craig McCullough was outstanding in keeping Gillen at bay.
Dubmire succumbed 4-2 to Hartlepool Catholic Club despite twice leading in the first half.
Washington Cross Keys’ poor start to the Premier Division season continued with a luckless 1-0 home defeat to Hebburn Town.
Even the Hebburn management team could not understand how they won the game. Keys dominated, creating chance after chance without putting any of them away.
Justin Kirtley hit the bar twice and Steve Jones shot straight at the keeper after being put clean through.
Hebburn got their winner later on when Paul Scott ran through to score from the edge of the box in a breakaway.
Andrew Lumsden was Keys’ star man.
Easington CIU played well in their game at South Shields, but a daft 10-minute spell led to them losing 4-1.
CIU went ahead midway through the first half when Tigger Lyons fed Lee Stockport, who hit home a beauty from 30 yards.
But they were 3-1 down by the half hour mark. Scott McAlinden burst through and was denied by Shields’ keeper, with the hosts capitalising to quickly add their killer fourth goal.
Red House WMC lost 1-0 at Billingham Swan, while Steels SC were outgunned 3-0 at old rivals Hartlepool Touchdown.
Blue House and visitors Wingate Cons shared the spoils in a 1-1 Second Division draw. In a tight game, it was the 55th minute before Wingate went ahead, star man Malcolm Fallow poking home Kevin Taylor’s cross, but a mix-up between two defenders let Neil Hixon in to level with 10 minutes left.
Peterlee Helford lost 2-1 at home to Blakelaw SC, who opened the scoring from a swift counter-attack and doubled their lead before Jamie Priestley hit a home consolation.
Humbledon & Plains Farm beat Houghton Cricket 3-0, while Hylton CW defeated Deneside WMC 2-0 and Wearmouth CW moved top thanks to a 4-2 victory at South Shields Catholic Club.
Wearmouth are a point clear of four clubs in a tight fight at the top.
Second-top Thornley Celtic scored one outstanding goal, and were helped by two own goals, as they sank Hartlepool Stag & Monkey 5-1 in Division Three.
Leaders Mill View WMC outgunned Willow Pond 6-2, while The Philadelphia were pipped 3-2 at Hedworthfield Red Hackle, Horden Sportsmans defeated Felling Fiddlers Three 3-1 and Washington JFC Biddick Inn squeezed home 2-1 against Richmond Town.
Trimdon Vets lost an interval lead in their 1-1 draw at Hartlepool Greenside, while Boldon Colliery Tavern succumbed 1-0 to Wallsend Winstons.
Waldridge Park climbed to second place in Division Four, thanks to a 3-0 win over Sedgefield Black Lion.
A flicked John Lines header was added to by Darren Burnham’s long-range chip and a clever Mark Butcher strike.
Colonel Prior just did enough to win a thriller 4-3 against Billingham Vets, who had John O’Donnell, Andy Laing and Jay Hurst on target.Oddies drew 1-1 at Woodhorn Lane, while Rolls-Royce edged a 3-2 victory at Newcastle East End and Ivy Legends went down by the same score at Heighington Bay Horse.
Durham City Strollers hit two goals in the first 20 minutes and two in the closing stages to see off Hartlepool Vets 4-1.