EASINGTON Colliery were on the receiving end of the shock result of the season on Saturday when Willington won at Hall Lane.
Andy Colledge’s side went into the game having lost just once in 21 games and boasting by far the best goal difference.
They were firm favourites to take another step towards promotion, but were rocked on 33 minutes when Jason White beat the offside trap and slotted the ball past Nicky Lawson.
Willington went two up after an hour. The ball stuck on the difficult surface and when Easington’s defenders failed to clear, Danny Lee pounced.
Just before the end the Colliers almost reduced the deficit, as an effort rebounded from the underside of the crossbar, but Willington keeper Andrew Stocks was quick to react.
Easington still command a nine-points lead, but New Marske, whose fixture was one of five to be postponed, now have two games in hand.
Prudhoe Town prop up the table after losing to Darlington RA, despite scoring first with a good effort from Andy Hoban.
Michael Richardson restored parity on the hour and six minutes from time, Nick Petch beat goalkeeper Ross Thomas in a goalmouth scramble.
David Turner fired Annfield Plain into a half-time lead at home to Coxhoe Athletic and Paul Henderson doubled the advantage with 10 minutes remaining.
At this stage, the Plain were coasting to victory, but when Shaun Laverick reduced the deficit on 87 minutes, an exciting finale ensued. However, Coxhoe failed to claim an equaliser.
Alan Blair gave Windscale the lead after just 15 seconds at Kirkbymoorside, for whom goalkeeper Adam Maxon saved a Dean Rogers penalty before Ryan Cooper, Johnny Brown and Uyi Ehima earned the points for the Yorkshiremen.
Ryhope CW, who are third top, had their fixture with Boldon CA called off and the games between Silksworth and Cleator Moor Celtic, Houghton Town at Stockton Town, Jarrow versus Ashbrooke Belford House and Wolviston against New Marske also fell victim to waterlogged pitches.