SUNDERLAND West End consolidated fifth place in the Wearside League but it was a close call before they edged Easington Colliery by the odd goal in three.
It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the deadlock was broken but then two goals were scored in the space of 60 seconds.
Brad Foster controlled a rebound and chipped Colliers’ goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson, who was beaten again almost immediately by Andrew Upperton’s 20-yard drive for 2-0.
At this stage, West End were in control, but, a minute from the end, Easington were awarded a penalty for a handling offence and Nick Doyle fired past goalkeeper Lee Burrell to set up an exciting finale.
West End, though, held on for their eighth win of the season.
Horden CW went down to sixth-top Richmond Town, who led by three goals before the visitors managed one in reply.
Michael Layfield drove into an open net on 33 minutes and Ben Darville missed a couple of good chances for Richmond who eventually doubled their lead in the 70th minute with Kalumn Holbrook beating goalkeeper Stephen Hubery following a good passing move.
At that point, Horden faced a big challenge which became more formidable after they had Michael Cain sent off with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Liam Darville ended any hopes the visitors harboured when he fired past Hubery from 10 yards, but, three minutes from time, Darren Atkinson reduced the deficit from a free-kick.
Leam Rangers won for the first time in 15 attempts, with victory over Seaton Carew. Nicky Langston gave the Tynesiders a 16th-minute lead and nine minutes from the end Anthony Thompson delivered a good finish from outside the penalty area, which Seaton goalkeeper Gary Fleetham had little chance of saving.
In the last minute, the Seasiders were awarded a penalty and it was converted by Luke Naylor, but his goal was too little too late to save his side from defeat.
Despite holding Wolviston to a draw at Metcalfe Park, Coxhoe Athletic are back at the bottom of the table by virtue of having an inferior goal difference to that of Leam Rangers.
Wolviston took a 24th-minute lead as Stephen Pickard slotted the ball past goalkeeper Tom Orton, but soon afterwards Coxhoe were level as Robbie McIlroy deflected the ball into his own net.
Liam Bayles was in superb form for Jarrow, rifling four goals in a 5-0 rout of Prudhoe Town. Grant Pressling had opened the scoring before Bayles’s onslaught.
Annfield Plain’s home game with Hartlepool, Boldon CA versus Ashbrooke Belford House and Harton and Westoe against Silksworth CW were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.