EASINGTON Colliery failed to halt Whickham’s STL Northern League Second Division promotion challenge when they resumed normal service on Saturday, writes Malcolm Pratt.
The Colliers were unable to fulfil their previous fixture following the sudden departure of manager Andy Colledge, who has been replaced by Mark Proudlock.
He was manager of Wearside League team Hartlepool for five seasons.
Ross Galley and Luke Wilson were on target for Easington, but Whickham edged the result with strikes from Stephen Aiston, Kieron Wrightson and Alex Henderson (pen).
Despite losing their last two games, Team Northumbria continue in pole position. Esh Winning moved into the top six when an only goal from Craig Coates proved sufficient at Northumbria.
Birtley Town are third following another impressive performance.
They went nap at home to Washington as the goals flowed from Daniel Smart (2), Peter Henderson, Reece Darwin and Stephen Telford.
Washington, who had taken the lead through Ben Richardson, are now down to mid-table.
Seaham Red Star are fourth from bottom, but gained a much-needed boost with victory over Alnwick Town. Anthony Watson, Tim Bowman, Michael Chapman and Danny Critchlow were their marksmen, with John Colley and Neil Catlow replying.
Horden CW remain at the basement, but will be encouraged at holding Northallerton Town to a draw.
Craig Winter knocked in a rebound on 40 minutes and six minutes from time Shaun Joseph earned the Colliers a point with a splendid diving header from a Stephen Jackson cross.
After defeating First Division Ashington in their previous game, Chester-le-Street romped to victory at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, who trailed by three goals before Andy Peacock netted.
Scott Swanson, Dan Smith, Michael Coghlan and Mark Clark (og) found the net for the Cestrians, who moved out of the bottom two.
In Division One, Dunston UTS are just a point behind leaders Sunderland RCA and equal with second-top West Auckland Town.
Goals by Stephen Pickering and Andrew Bulford had them comfortably ahead at Billingham Synthonia, who managed a late strike from James Magowan.
Whitley Bay are fourth and they too were easy winners at Norton and Stockton Ancients thanks to Paul Chow (2) and Damien Robson. Darren Mowbray claimed a consolation for the Teessiders.
Spennymoor Town, aiming to make it three successive championships, saw off Tow Law Town with three goals in the first half from Lewis Dodds, Gavin Barton (pen) and Sonny Andrews.