ASHBROOKE Belford House broke their duck for the season in impressive style last night, handing a first defeat to Easington Colliery in the Wearside League.
Stephen Bogie was an early marksman for Asa Dobbing’s Wearsiders, who had lost their opening two matches, but James Parkinson restored parity from the penalty spot as Easington rallied.
Stephen Callan, though, beat goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson with an 80th-minute winner.
Ryhope CW are close on the heels of leaders Stockton Town following a 4-1 victory at Coxhoe Athletic.
The hosts stunned Martin Swales’ men when Paul Orton produced a clinical finish from 20 yards to give Ryhope keeper Neil Bussey no chance on 17 minutes.
But Nathan Cook rifled an equaliser into the roof of the net five minutes later and Nathan O’Neil’s brilliant individual effort had Ryhope ahead at the break.
Coxhoe stayed in the game until James Dunn converted an 84th-minute penalty, then fit-again Chris Winn completed the scoring with a long-range drive.
Sunderland West End are also up challenging for top spot. The Wearsiders surprisingly thumped Jarrow, who had conceded only three goals in their first three games.
Ross Kennedy (2), Barry Turton, Chris Pearson and Richie Jordan guided West End to a magnificent 5-1 success, with Grant Pressling replying.
Stockton Town made it four wins out of four but they were taken to the wire before seeing off Hartlepool 1-0, with Chris Stockton heading an 83rd-minute winner.
Horden CW suffered their first defeat when Cleator Moor Celtic went nap for a 5-2 Welfare Park victory. Peter Crawford and Simon Todd hit the Colliers’ consolations.
Harton and Westoe gained their first point by holding Redcar Athletic to a 2-2 draw, with Shaun Flood and James Kesterton swapping doubles.
Annfield Plain impressively routed Prudhoe Town 6-1, with Lee Mole’s superb hat-trick supported by Liam Radbone, Callum Munroe and Ross Nicholson.
Leam Rangers and Boldon CA shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Ex-Leam player Adam Carr fired Boldon in front, but Terence Cairns levelled.