WASHINGTON consolidated third place in the STL Northern League Second Division, but were pressed all the way before seeing off a strong challenge from Chester- le-Street.
The only goal came after half an hour when John Wear delivered a clinical finish from a free kick outside the penalty area.
Horden CW were unable to halt Alnwick Town’s promotion challenge, although they successfully defended their goal until the second half.
Tom McPherson headed past goalkeeper Tom Orton on 54 minutes and in the final 12 minutes the Colliers conceded further goals to Adam Shanks and Jon Colley.
Team Northumbria are second, equal on points with Washington, but they missed the chance to go top when they were held to a draw by much-improved Morpeth Town.
Indeed, Team were within a minute of losing and it was with virtually the last kick of the game that Dan Riley equalised with his second goal of the afternoon. Stephen Anderson (pen) and Stephen Howes were on target for Morpeth.
A 25-yard free kick by Paul Dunn gave North Shields the advantage before Scott Robson levelled for Whickham, enabling the Glebemen to stay fifth.
Thornaby are sixth despite losing at West Allotment Celtic, who were ahead courtesy of Tony Lancaster and Dean Lee before Graeme Baverstock replied two minutes from time.
H Seaham Red Star romped home in the Durham Challenge Cup against Wearside League team Annfield Plain, whose only goal came from Scott Wallace.
By then, Seaham were five goals in front through Kevin Gordon (2), Michael Turnbull, Anthony Watson and an own goal.