Farringdon Detached outgunned Washington AFC 5-1 to climb to fourth-bottom spot on Monday night, inspired by a clinical hat-trick from man of the match Aaron Clasper.
Josh Winthrop and Lewis Dodd also pounced, with Gary Small replying. Craig Robinson shone for the visitors.
Hall Farm, down to sixth place, lost 2-1 at Hartlepool Reserves.
Alex McDonald notched for Farm, but Jake Larkin and Matthew Newbury gave Pool the edge. Ricardo Cabezas was Farm’s top performer.
Leaders Durham City Reserves edged home 3-2 against Wheatley Hill WMC, thanks to efforts from Adam Crathorne, Ross Simpson and star man Kieron McWaters.
Coundon & Leeholme romped to an 8-0 success at Brandon United Development.
Star man Connor Hughes’s treble was backed by strikes from Mark Wood, Morgan Claydon, Michael Gibson, Wayne Whitfield and Robert Shields.
Last weekend, the only league game saw second-bottom Washington AFC lose 3-2 at home to Wallsend Town.
Andy McIntyre starred for the hosts, whose marksmen were Dylan Phipps and sub Mark Wallis, with James Lockey, Derek Graham and sub Touid Ahmed edging the Tynesiders home.
Durham City Reserves progressed in the Clem Smith Bowl, with a thrilling 4-2 win over battling Blackhill & Ebchester.
Kyle Patton, Tony Mpwitu and two-goal Brinsley Sheridan steered City home, with Richard Parkin and Stephen Agnew replying.
Damien Potts starred for City.
Coundon & Leeholme won through to the South Durham Bowl final, winning 2-0 against Willington-based Wear Valley.
Subs Wayne Whitfield and Connor Hughes did the damage.