DURHAM City succumbed to Ebac Northern League First Division leaders Bedlington Terriers on Saturday, despite leading by two goals inside half an hour,.
Terriers hit back to snatch a 3-2 victory deep into added time.
When Callum Hope and Nathan Lawrence struck within the space of three minutes, a comfortable win for Ian Chandler’s side was on the cards – but Terriers roared back during the second period.
Stephen Young halved the deficit, then Adam Harvey levelled after 76 minutes.
With only seconds remaining, striker Young drove past goalkeeper Gareth Young and the win keeps Bedlington in pole position.
Life is not nearly so rosy for Crook Town, who prop up the table after being hit with a seven-goal blast by Billingham Synthonia, whose marksmen were Jack Bradbury (2), Mattie Osmond, Nathan Porritt, Michael Sweet, Andrew Jennings and Connor Gardner.
Sunderland RCA are second from bottom and Ashington are only above them on goal difference. Their latest defeat came in the local derby with Morpeth Town, for whom Steven Anderson and Michael Chilton netted.
Bishop Auckland surrendered the last 100 per cent record when Dunston UTS won by the only goal, scored by Gary Shaw after 77 minutes.
West Auckland edged Guisborough Town 6-5 in a real thriller, despite having Daryl Hall sent off in the 56th minute.
Matthew Moffat rifled a hat-trick for the visitors, with Colin Larkin, Ian Ward and Alex Francis, who struck an 89th-minute winner, delighting new boss Anth Smith. Danny Earl (2), James Risbrough, Luke Bythway and Liam McPhillips netted for Guisborough
Shildon are up to third, but they left it late before overcoming Newcastle Benfield, who led with Paul Brayson’s 65th-minute strike.
Jamie Harwood restored parity on 85 minutes and, a minute from time, Mickey Rae buried a 25-yarder in he bottom corner of the visitors’ net.
Leon Ryan, Alex Kempster and Paul Chow were Whitley Bay’s matchwinners in a 3-0 win over Celtic Nation.