EASINGTON Colliery maintained their lead at the top of the table with victory at Boldon CA, but three sides are hot on their heels.
The Colliers appeared to be coasting to victory when they led through Simon Tarn and James Donnelly at the halfway stage but when Finbar Lynch reduced the deficit, the outcome was in doubt.
Robert Huntley restored Easington’s two-goal cushion only for Michael Meek to throw Boldon a lifeline and set up a tense finale.
Ryhope CW were in electrifying form at third-top Darlington Cleveland Bridge, who only have two games to play and are out of the title race.
The Wearsiders, though, are just three points behind Easington with a game in hand after a five-goal romp and a five-star performance from Johnny Butler, who rifled four goals. Jonathan Davis was Ryhope’s other marksman.
Redcar Athletic and New Marske have not given up hope of finishing in pole position. Redcar have come from nowhere into fourth place. Their latest success was against Wolviston with goals by James Kesterton (2) and Greg Bowey.
New Marske are fifth but have four games in hand on Easington and have played three fewer than Ryhope. Kristian Kamara and Jamie Jackson earned them three crucial points at home to Prudhoe Town whose only reply was credited to Gavin Lisle.
Silksworth celebrated playing their 400th game with a five-goals blitz of Coxhoe Athletic.
They made a perfect start when Dean Hannah converted a first-minute penalty and his strike was followed with goals from Dave McKinley (2), Ryan Mather and Scott Walker.
Ashbrooke Belford House defeated Houghton Town in the local derby at Silksworth. Mark Green produced a stunning 30-yard drive on 65 minutes but his second close-range strike was a lot less spectacular.
Jarrow avenged last week’s defeat by Willington in the semi final of the League Cup with victory at Perth Green thanks to Liam Clark and Andrew Wilkinson.
Despite leading for more than an hour through Shaun Atkinson, Hartlepool went down to Windscale for whom Dan Gullen and Kevin Holliday scored in the last 15 minutes.
Ryan Cooper, Damon Cox and Martin Cooper were Kirkbymoorside’s scorers at home to Cleator Moor Celtic who managed just one goal from Robbie Fowler.