EASINGTON Colliery conceded a two-goal lead and only claimed a point against Harton and Westoe with a late equaliser in the Wearside League.
It all started so well for the Colliers as Kieron Gettings lobbed goalkeeper Kevin Garrett after j12 minutes and soon afterwards Jack Honour doubled the advantage.
Harton, though, hit back with two good strikes from Jack Burrell and before the interval they went ahead courtesy of Stephen Telford.
Just one goal came in the second period. With only five minutes left, Honour came up trumps when he rounded goalkeeper Garrett and fired into an empty net for the equaliser.
Peterlee Town failed to halt Willington’s challenge for the championship and promotion to the Ebac Northern League – but they went close.
The visitors were off to a flying start in the 12th minute when Paul Bayles produced a good cross and Chris Hardy made no mistake from inside the six-yard box.
Just before the interval, Peterlee went two goals down as Danny Lee rounded keeper Kyle Davidson to fire home.
Peterlee battled hard but there were only four minutes remaining when Anth Rogers reduced the deficit. The goal though set up an exciting finale which saw Willington hanging on to claim three crucial points. They remain third behind leaders Stockton Town and Richmond Town.
Stockton edged home 3-1 against Darlington Cleveland Bridge with strikes by Adam Nicholson, David Johnson and Tom Atkinson.
Richmond Town also won 3-1 against Prudhoe Town.
Coxhoe Athletic and Jarrow failed to break the deadlock but Seaton Carew won 5-3 against Annfield Plain.
Hartlepool and Gateshead Leam Rangers shared a 2-2 draw.