SUNDERLAND West End came within a minute of holding leaders Redcar Athletic, who twice came from behind to win 3-2.
David Keithley fired past goalkeeper Shaun Taylor on 28 minutes to give West End the lead, but six minutes before the interval the Wearsiders were reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of Steve Lax for dissent.
Early in the second period, James Kesterton headed in an equaliser, but West End’s 10 men regained the lead with a fierce shot by Keithley.
A handling offence gave Kesterton the opportunity to restore parity from the spot, but the Wearsiders looked good for a point until substitute Andrew Porritt grabbed the winner two minutes into stoppage time.
Ryhope CW are second, only a point off the top with two games in hand on the Seasiders.
Martin Swales’ side coasted to victory over Hartlepool with goals by Chris Trewick, John Butler (pen) and Nathan O’Neil before Jed Livingstone claimed a consolation.
Ashbrooke Belford House shared the points with fourth-top Darlington Cleveland Bridge, who cancelled out a David Wells’ 30th-minute penalty with an 89th-minute strike from Michael Carter.
Peterlee Town quickly recovered from last week’s 6-0 drubbing by Annfield Plain when they held Prudhoe Town to a draw at Kimberley Park.
Karl Garside gave Don Naylor’s team the lead after half an hour, beating goalkeeper Mark Keenan from the spot, but in the second half, Scott Arnott levelled.
Boldon CA failed to complete the double over Jarrow.
Recently, they defeated their South Tyneside rivals by the odd goal and on Saturday just one goal again separated the pair, although at one stage it appeared Jarrow would win at a canter.
They were three goals ahead inside 32 minutes courtesy of Grant Pressling with a brace and Dan Myers.
Michael Meek led Boldon’s fightback and when Shaun Carroll also netted, an exciting final eight minutes ensued as Jarrow held on.
Bottom-of-the-table Coxhoe Athletic made third-placed Willington work hard for the points.
Lee Guthrie shocked the hosts with his 20th-minute goal, but Coxhoe were unable to contain Paul Bailes, who rifled a hat-trick.
There was an amazing game at Kirkbymoorside who shared eight goals with Cleator Moor Celtic.
Glynn Edwards, Ryan Hall, Dan McDermott and Craig Padley had the Cumbrians four goals ahead inside 47 minutes, but in an amazing comeback, the home side levelled courtesy of Niall Gibb, Carl Richardson, Rob McDermott and Sarjo Cham.
Liam Barnett fired Gateshead Leam Rangers ahead at Wolviston, who claimed a point from the bottom six clash when Karl Boult struck midway through the second half.