THE three leading sides were on cup duty, with Marske United going out of the North Riding County Cup, but Ashbrooke Belford House failed to narrow the gap.
They remain fourth after surprisingly going down to Boldon CA, who arrived at Silksworth with just two wins from 18 games.
Tommy Dobbing’s side was on the back foot from the start following Shaun Reay’s early strike. Michael Meek doubled the lead and Reay again struck before Ryan Steel claimed what was no more than a consolation for the hosts.
Easington Colliery are on course for a double after comfortably seeing off the challenge from Stockton Town in the Wearside League Cup on Saturday.
The Teessiders held their high-flying opponents until early in the second half, but once Barry Turton slid the ball into the net, Colliers took control and were never troubled.
Adam McGuinness stretched the lead and shortly before the end Turton was on target again.
Ryhope CW were also on cup duty and eased past 10-man Jarrow in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Competition.
It was not a good day for Jarrow’s two debutants, who had waited so long for their first outings.
Goalkeeper Chris Hope was beaten on 25 minutes with a John Butler header and Nick Pain headed into his own goal shortly afterwards.
Worse was to follow for the visitors when Mark Brocklehurst was shown a second yellow card five minutes before the interval.
Silksworth produced a spirited performance but lost by the odd goal in three at Hartlepool.
Stephen Thomas converted a penalty before Anthony Rogerson deservedly levelled.
The result was very much in the balance, but it was Pools who came out on top with a winning goal by Andy Ross.
Houghton Town jumped two places and are now seventh from the bottom after their narrow win at Willington, where Ben Maddison scored the only goal.
A hat-trick by Dominic Elliott was the feature of Annfield Plain’s victory over Coxhoe Athletic. Stephen Kirkbride also found the net, with Philip Bulmer and Dan Hatton on the mark for the South Durham side.
Switching their fixture to Prudhoe Town did not deter Wolviston, who easily claimed the points courtesy of Kallum Hannah (2) and Ryan Hebb. Prudhoe remain bottom, still without a win in 19 attempts.