ASHBROOKE Belford House made it seven Wearside League games unbeaten with a decisive victory over neighbours Silksworth CW on Saturday.
Ryan Veitch gave Ashbrooke an interval lead, but Michael Brunning levelled early in the second half.
From then on, though, it was all downhill for the Colliers as Mark Green (2) and Stephen Bogie quickly fired Asa Dobbing’s side 4-1 ahead. Just before the end, Stephen Callan cemented a 5-1 victory for Ashbrooke, who are now within a point of mid-table.
Ryhope CW extended their lead at the top to five points, but they had their work cut out before seeing off a strong challenge from Easington Colliery to win 2-0.
Nathan O’Neil chipped goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson on 44 minutes and Richard Jordan scored a crucial second goal on the hour.
Sunderland West End missed the chance to go fifth when they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at Ford Quarry by visitors Boldon CA, who moved out of the bottom three.
John Coomber converted a 41st-minute penalty, but West End’s lead was short-lived as Dave Halliday headed an equaliser three minutes later.
Midway through the second half, Brodie Simpson broke clear and easily beat goalkeeper Lee Burrell for the winner.
Horden CW also eased their position near the basement when they won 2-0 at Jarrow.
Darren Atkinson drove a 64th-minute spot-kick past keeper Simon Parkin and, in the last minute, Haydn Pace made sure of all three points.
Leam Rangers are off the bottom after edging Hartlepool 3-2, thanks to Nicky Langston (2) and Mark Burns. Luke Larkin and Dan Naylor struck for Pool.
Harton and Westoe CW rocked Redcar Athletic 2-1 after trailing, with Shaun Edwards and David Hopper on target, while Seaton Carew dented Cleator Moor Celtic’s championship hopes with two late goals for a 4-2 win, thanks to Craig Hutchinson (2), Mattie Kelsey and Luke Naylor.
Coxhoe Athletic exited the Wearside League Cup, losing 4-2 after extra time to Annfield Plain.
Scott Heslop and Ross Nicholson gave Annfield a dream start, but Philip Best and James Laidler levelled matters.
Heslop then failed from the spot, but the miss was not crucial and Lee Mole and Scot Goldsmith-Scott steered Plain through.
Stockton Town’s magnificent 33-match unbeaten sequence was finally ended by Wolviston in the Shipowners’ Cup.
Ben Bonner’s pair of penalties and a Nathan Summersgill strike sealed a 3-2 win, with Michael Dunwell firing both replies.