Hylton Castle TWR Bifold Doors maintained their Premier Division title challenge with a hard-earned 3-2 triumph at Ryhope Foresters.
Only seven league games were played because of the clash with the Tyne-Wear derby, though three other matches got the go-ahead at other times.
A Kieron Martin double got Hylton Castle on their way to an important win which keeps them in touch with leaders Farringdon ISL.
Anth Ross marked his TWR debut with a clinical finish to make it 3-0. Foresters did rally, firing home two quick goals through Kieran Davies and Anth Young to make it a tense finish, but the visitors held on for all three points, with Tom Callaghan star man.
TWR are 11 points off top spot, with three games in hand.
Alan Laverick stood out for Foresters.
Hendersons Butchers continued their mini revival with an impressive 1-0 win away to the much-fancied SR Dons.
The youthful James Cassidy struck for the Butchers, and was named man of the match, and earned them all three points to move up to fourth place. Craig Watson shone in vain for the Dons.
Farringdon ISL enjoyed a convincing 5-0 victory in their midweek trip to neighbours Silksworth Paragon in the battle of the top two.
David “Busta” Paul fired a clinical hat-trick, supported by strikes from John Bewick and Stephen Bogie. Keeper David Smith shone for Paragon, who slipped nine points behind the leaders, who also have four games in hand.
Farringdon Detached put a spanner in the works for promotion-chasing O’Brien Waste Recycling, securing an excellent 3-2 First Division win over their second-placed viitors.
O’Brien still have two games in hand over league leaders Redhouse Last Orders, but this defeat could set them back a little.
Wing wizard Davey Stevens was back among the goals with a well-taken brace, but Gavin Murton hit back with his own double.
It was left to stalwart Willie Crew to nod home the winner for Farringdon, who could have a late say in the destination of the title.
Paul Grainger shone for Detached.
Table-toppers Redhouse Last Orders increased their lead at the top after an easy 5-1 win over The Vane Arms.
Adam Wasey hit Vane’s solitary goal, but the plaudits went the the Redhouse lads as they had a host of scorers. Connor O’Neill, Marc Moon, Norman Newton, star man Paul Stokoe and sub Paul Carter all beat the hapless Vane keeper.
In midweek, Ryhope Top House edged home 5-4 in an entertaining battle with Thorney Close Inn.
Michael Noble, Kris Johnson, keeper Martin Jackson and Craig Collins all notched for Thorney, but John Wood’s treble, backed by strikes from Elliot Tench and Brogan Smith, steered Top House home.
Charlie Taylor starred for Top House, with Alan Oliver best for Thorney.
Victoria Gardens moved into pole position in Division Four after beating local rivals Hendon Athletic in an eagerly-awaited derby.
They ran out 4-1 winners courtesy of goals from Callum Hope, Kevin Humble, Lee Collins and Kade Tyrell.
Anth Carter replied for Athletic, whose star man in defeat was Kieran Moan.
Victoria Gardens climbed above East Rainton on goal difference, still with two games in hand.
Millfield Oddies beat Woodlands by the odd goal in nine, in a great game for the neutral.
Luke Saunders and David Laing both grabbed braces for Oddies, with Paul Maw also scoring.
Woodlands had their own goal machine Carl Longstaff netting twice, followed by goals from Michael Wilson and Connor Wilson, but the Millfield men held on.
Bret Scott starred in goal for Woodlands.
Ryhope Railway Inn secured a thrilling 3-2 triumph against The Victory Club in the only Second Division game of the weekend, a match switched to Saturday afternoon.
Craig Whelam, Ben Rowlands and Dean Machin all notched for Railway, whose star man was Jamie Cole. Scott Hunter and sub Robert Calvert hit Victory’s goals.
The win took Railway up to second place, but Jolly Potters, three points behind, have three extra games to play.
Ashbrooke Sports Club ran out convincing 7-1 winners against basement boys Mountain Daisy F&M Underdogs in the sole Third Division game.
The home side, only four points off second place with six games in hand, were buoyed by new signings Jonny Dunn and Micky Olowoko, who marked his debut by calmly converting a penalty.
The Ashbrooke had Clark Stead, David Dixon, Lewis Collinson, Micky Brown, Matty Johnson and Nath Renton all on target past Alex Davies in the Mountain Daisy goal.
Danny Dixon shone for Daisy, who had Michael Johnson on target for their consolation.