PETERLEE Helford edged a 1-0 success in their Division Two derby against Wingate Cons.
The game opened up in the second half and Peterlee broke the deadlock midway through, when Paul Purvis finished off a great four-man move by firing in to the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Wingate pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but, when David Simpson burst through on to Kevin Taylor’s pass, the home keeper pulled off a point blank save.
Leaders Wearmouth CW maintained top spot by beating Durham Stonebridge, who dropped to fourth after Humbledon & Plains Farm defeated Cobblers Hall 2-1.
Deneside WMC were outgunned 5-2 by sixth-top visitors CSSC Darsley Park, while Blue House endured a 6-0 drubbing at North Ormesby Vets.
Horden Sportsmans climbed to third place in Division Three with a comfortable 3-0 win at Trimdon Veterans.
They took the lead midway through the first half. Jeff Robson got down the line and crossed to Billy Scott, who turned his marker and shot low into the corner of the net. Half-chances came and went, despite Horden’s dominance, but they made sure of victory with two goals in the final 20 minutes.
Man of the match Scott doubled the lead, lobbing the advancing keeper after being put through by Lee Davis.
Five minutes later, Gary Ferguson poked home for 3-0 following a Micky Cole corner.
Mill View WMC suffered a 1-0 defeat to leaders Thornley Celtic in the match of the day, falling six points behind in second place.
Boldon Colliery Tavern shared the spoils with Hartlepool Stag & Monkey in a close-fought 1-1 draw. Boldon had an effort cleared off the line before breaking the deadlock 10 minutes from time, but Stag equalised with the very last kick, having also had a goal disallowed minutes earlier.
Ryhope Foresters enjoyed an early Christmas boost, gifted five goals in their 6-1 First Division rout of Hartlepool Catholic Club.
Victory took Foresters up to fourth place, just four points off top spot with two games in hand.
Elsewhere, Pelton Crown overwhelmed Dubmire 5-1, bottom club The Milbourne Arms lost 3-1 at Hartlepool Gillen Arms, Redcar Newmarket moved within a point of leaders Penshaw by beating Wallsend Community 4-2 and Heaton Stannington were sunk 3-2 at St Mary’s College.
In Division Four, Colonel Prior succumbed 7-3 at Heighington Bay Horse, while Ivy Legends moved above the Prior into third-bottom spot after a fine 4-1 derby win at Chaplins.
Sedgefield Black Lion replaced the inactive Oddies in top spot after beating pointless bottom club Hartlepool Vets 4-2, rallying from two down and sealing victory in the last minute.
Easington CIU remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division following their 4-1 home defeat to South Shields, while Marden moved 12 points clear at the top thanks to a 2-1 defeat of third-placed Cramlington Burton House.
Early morning frost caused havoc with the fixtures, with more than half the fixtures falling foul of the weather.
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