Kyle Patton enjoyed a pre-Christmas to savour, grabbing five goals to lead Durham City Reserves home 10-0 against Farringdon Detached.
The man of the match was backed by a brace from sub Michael Webster, with Mathew Huntley, Connor Henderson and Chris Pattinson also on target.
Victory took City eight points clear at the top, with second-placed Coundon & Leeholme now having two games in hand.
Wheatley Hill WMC won by the same 10-0 scoreline away to battling bottom club Seaham New Westlea, who have lost all 17 league games so far.
Sherburn Village WMC just did enough to fend off Blackhill & Ebchester in a hard-fought clash, moving up to fifth place in the process.
Two-goal Glenn Hendrix and Scott Taylor edged Sherburn home 3-2, with Richy Parkin, the visitors’ star man, hitting both replies.
Daniel Chester shone for Sherburn.
Wallsend Town rocked Sunderland University with a 4-0 away success, only their third in the league all season.
That took them above the students into fourth-bottom place, albeit having played four matches more. Joseph Hunt shone for University.
In a midweek match, third-top Hall Farm and Sherburn Village WMC shared the spoils in a close encounter.
Keeper Lee Smith starred for Farm, whose marksman was Carl Burns. Scott Redmayne netted for Sherburn.
Guide Post’s Durham Minor Cup dreams were dashed by visitors Crook Wanderers in a tight third round clash.
Crook edged home 4-3 and will now host Hartlepool Reserves in the semi-finals on January 13. Wanderers were twice pegged back to 2-2, and Guide Post grabbed a third goal with a late penalty after falling 4-2 behind.
Matthew Newbury’s hat-trick helped Hartlepool Reserves win through, beating Bishop Auckland Hogans 6-1, after trailing. Thomas Hickey, Anthony Readman and Ross Kidson also scored.
The other semi-final will sees Bowes or Wear Valley host Gateshead Redheugh.