Sunderland Railway Club came from behind to win 4-2 at Hendon Athletic in a dramatic Second Division clash.
After a frantic first 15-20 minutes, Railway’s defensive line was broken twice in quick succession.
Hendon’s first goal saw a fantastic piece of footwork from Chris Pearson, who turned inside and fired into the top right hand corner.
Their second was a simple ball over the top, with Tommy Scott firing low and hard into the bottom corner, one on one with keeper Bryan Wood.
Anth Rogerson cut the deficit from the spot, after Stephen Stewart was taken down heavily.
Then, in the second half, Railway responded to gaffer Trevor Todd’s half-time talk, levelling with a majestic lob from Dan Callaghan.
Gary Tyzack made it 3-2, converting a cross to the back post, then Athletic’s Shaun Graham had a penalty brilliantly saved by Wood, who also kept out the follow-up.
Railway countered to make sure of the win, with Callaghan adding his second.
Martin Telfer Carpets secured three unexpected points, beating Pennywell Comrades 3-1, to give them a little hope of pulling away from the bottom three.
Wayne Henderson’s double cancelled out Pennywells early goal and Steven Trotter came off the bench to make sure of victory.
Washington Colliery increased their lead at the top to three points by beating Mill View CIU 4-2.
Johnathan Roberts, Connor Smith and Kelvin Briggs (2) made easy work of Mill, with Michael Donkin and Brian McCowie responding.
The Stella ran out 4-0 winners against AFC Wearside, with Ross Topping, Gavin Teasdale, Robert Russell and Kris Lawton all scoring in the second half.
New Town delivered an excellent footballing display to hammer Washington New Tavern 5-1.
Elliot Salicki hit a treble and Lewis Holland added a double to put the game out of reach, with Craig Neal replying.
Lakeside look set for the drop after another heavy defeat, 5-1 to Cherry Tree.
again easy picking for the Cherry Tree as they had a host of scorers thanks to man of match
Star man Liam Middlemas, Michael Wilson, Steven Freeman (2), Conner Wilson and Carl Longstaff did the damage, with Lee Stephenson replying.
Goalkeeper Paul Jackson scored a memorable goal for Ryhope New Railway as they ran out 3-1 Third Division winners at The Dolphin.
Jack McConville and Kieran Nixon finished Dolphin off with clinical goals, with Chris Wilkin replying. Keeper Darren Brown starred for the hosts, with Robert Cummings best for Railway.
A stunner from Abdulrahman Alhajeri started Wearmouth CW Juniors off to clinch a 3-1 success at Westmount.
Craig Williams’ double put the game out of reach, before Alex McKenzie nodded a consolation. Samson Adekola stood out for Wearmouth, Nathan Watson for Westmount.
Park View battered poor Millfield Oddies in a 12-0 romp.
Jack Callaghan ran the show and capped his fine display with a great goal.
Reece Benson fired a hat-trick and the goals flowed courtesy of Daniel Nkemjika, Robert Robson (2), Ryan Smith (2), Gavin Brannen (2) and Thomas Jones .
The Park went six points clear with their 3-0 win at TC, courtesy of Danny Pattison, Ryan McCollin and Josh Johnstone. Lawson Rutherford shone for TC.
Silksworth Catholic Club won well, 4-2 at Wear United.
Star man Ben Stokoe, James Burlinson, Brogan Smith and Paul Agar his the decisive goals, while star man Stu Bowman and hot-shot Michael Smith responded.
Millfield Free Gardeners are rooted to the bottom of the table after a 4-1 defeat at Penshaw CC.
Penshaw dominated from the off and enjoyed a great first-half Liam Jordan hat-trick. Anthony Murtha replied for Gardeners, but a further goal from Andrew Hayden finished them off.