RYHOPE CW struck early and late to earn all three points in their Ebac Northern League Second Division game at Stokesley SC on Saturday.
Andrew Appleby made the breakthrough after only eight minutes and, just before the end, he again beat goalkeeper Ralph Starkie to ensure a 2-0 success.
Chester-le-Street were unable to halt Team Northumbria’s early-season surge.
David Luke opened the scoring for the Tynesiders after three minutes when he turned a defender and hit a cracking drive which gave goalkeeper Aiden Ames no chance.
Just before the interval, Luke doubled the lead, beating defenders for pace and comfortably slotting the ball into the net.
Birtley Town recovered, after leaking goals to Tow Law Town’s Shaun Ryder and Anthony Lee, to emerge 3-2 winners.
Dan Maddison’s two-minute second-half brace levelled matters, then, 10 minutes from time, Kai Hewitson hit the winner.
David Malloy’s hat-trick was the feature of South Shields’ easy 4-0 win against Brandon United at Peterlee. Barrie Smith also struck.
Esh Winning continue to leak goals as Alnwick Town went nap courtesy of Adam Shanks (3), Brad McClelland and Keith Douglas. Alan Young managed a consolation for Esh.
In the only First Division game, Celtic Nation beat Bedlington Terriers 2-0, courtesy of Michael Reed and Tyran Taylor.
The Cumbrians played the last 17 minutes with 10 men after goalkeeper Adam Toward was red-carded but despite exerting considerable pressure, visitors Bedlington Terriers were unable to find a way through a determined home defence.