SUNDERLAND West End hit Coxhoe Athletic for six on Saturday, but were still taken to the wire in a Wearside League 10-goal thriller.
Coxhoe played their part in a thriller and were in with a chance following goals by Vinny Gash (2), Stephen Ferguson and Dean Beaney.
But West End emerged victorious with strikes by Stephen Bogie (2), Adam McGuinness, Michael McCabe, John Coomber (pen) and Jamie Fryett.
The Wearsiders are now sixth, with Willington the new leaders after their narrow 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Harton and Westoe.
It was a close call and the only goal came 18 minutes from time as Chris Hardy headed wide of goalkeeper Andrew Hunter.
Peterlee Town, beaten in their first three games, secured a second successive win, coming from behind to edge home 3-2 at Annfield Plain.
Barry Lindoe’s free-kick had Plain ahead on six minutes, but Chris Johnson and Andy Morris turned the tide. Annfield’s Tom Clark equalised, but, in the dying minutes, Morris notched again to seal the Newtowners’ victory.
Easington Colliery, with one win in five attempts, made Ashbrooke Belford House work hard before going down to a Stuart Burton strike. His well-executed free kick from outside the penalty area gave keeper Andrew Lindridge no chance.
Boldon CA were well beaten 4-1 at Seaton Carew, who won for the first time despite trailing to Kevin Davis’s opener.
Leon Kane grabbed Leam Rangers’ leveller in a 1-1 draw with Richmond Town, while Redcar Athletic snatched a third successive win, 2-1 against Hartlepool.
Darlington Cleveland Bridge blew a 2-0 lead, earned by Michael Richardson and Michael Carter, as Stockton Town rallied to win 3-2.
H Silksworth Rangers exited the Shipowners’ Cup in a seven-goal thriller at Prudhoe Town, where they twice led with strikes from Jonathan Thompson, Shaun Fletcher and Gary Tyzack, whose 25-yard thunder-bolt into the roof of the net was the best goal of the seven.
Stephen Foster (2), Tom Shaw and a deflected own goal earned Prudhoe their place in round two.
The shock result of the day was Jarrow’s dismissal to Wolviston. Jarrow boast a 100 per cent league record, but Ryan Burton’s strike could not prevent a 2-1 loss to the Teessiders.