DURHAM City won an amazing Ebac Northern League 12-goal thriller against Hebburn Town, who scored first and twice reduced their deficit to just a single goal, before conceding five times in the last 14 minutes!
Calvin McMahon sent goalkeeper Rhys Jobling the wrong way with a 13th-minute penalty but City quickly hit back and went in at the break with a two-goal cushion following strikes by Scott Fenwick (2) and Craig Hindmarch.
McMahon was again on target for the visitors and after Fenwick completed his hat-trick, Hebburn hit back to make it 4-3 with Ben Johnson’s 62nd-minute effort.
From then on, though, it was all Durham and the goals flowed from Ian Ward, Max Stoker, Craig Ellison, Matthew Scott and Jordan Galloway to make it 9-3.
But for a man-of-the-match performance by Hebburn goalkeeper Andrew Hunter, Durham would have won by an even bigger margin!
Sunderland RCA were also in scoring mode at Billingham Town, where they eventually saw off a spirited fightback by the bottom-of-the-table side.
Gavin Barton gave the Wearsiders an early lead before John Jury scored the best goal of the six with a tremendous drive from 30 yards which flew into the top corner of the net, giving Billingham goalkeeper Graeme Willey no chance.
Before the interval, Jack Williams reduced the deficit and early in the second half, Carl Charlton levelled at 2-2.
This heralded a response from RCA and after Barton gave his side the lead for a second time, substitute Callum Hassan made sure of all three points with his late strike.
Shildon are the new leaders and the highest scorers after they put four goals past 10-man Morpeth Town, who had Stephen Anderson sent off after only 18 minutes.
It wasn’t until the second half, that Shildon were able to make their numerical advantage count and, in the end, they won at a canter as Ben Wood, Paul Connor, Sam Garvie and Mark Hudson (penalty) all beat goalkeeper Stephen Mundy.
Celtic Nation dropped back to second after losing to unbeaten West Auckland, whose match-winners were Stephen Richardson and Stuart Banks. Colin McMenamin replied for Celtic.
Spennymoor Town remain third following a draw in the local derby at Martin Swales’ Bishop Auckland, for whom Robert Moncur cancelled out Liam Henderson’s first-half effort in front of a 471-strong crowd.
Newcastle Benfield made a poor start to the season, but they’ve certainly come good and a 7-0 rout of a youthful Bedlington Terriers side was their seventh consecutive victory in league and cup.
Tony Stephenson, Paul Brayson and Stephen Baptist each bagged a brace with Carl Patterson also on target.