Washington Sandpiper secured a sixth consecutive win by beating high-flying Wearmouth CW 1-0 in a Division One cracker.
Wearmouth missed a great header in the first few minutes of an end-to-end first half, with both teams playing at the top of their game.
The game was won in the second half when Washington brought on ex-Wearmouth striker Justin Kirtley. Sub Kirtley was put through by Andy Lumsden and he calmly slipped the ball past the keeper.
Neil Emmerson was a stalwart at the back for Sandpiper and Davey Gilhome starred for Wearmouth.
Referee Michael Pearson won praise for his handling of the match.
Victory took Sandpiper above Wearmouth into second.
Grindon Broadway are fifth after their 3-1 success at Hartlepool Gillen Arms.
They dominated from start to finish with a strong team performance. Their good start paid off with a brilliant opening goal from Alan Ridley, then Darren Cliff made it 2-0 10 minutes later.
Grindon took their foot off the pedal in the second half, allowing Gillen to cut the deficit, but Ridley soon put the game to bed with another fine goal.
Easington CIU drew 2-2 at North Ormesby Vets to join Wearmouth in joint third place, while bottom club Dubmire grabbed only their second win, 2-1 at Pelton Crown.
The Philadelphia rocked Third Division leaders Wingate Cons with a 3-2 away victory, allowing Blue House to go top thanks to their 8-3 success at Houghton Cricket.
Phili started off in style and Wingate struggled to keep pace, going behind on five minutes when Mark Nixon rifled home a shot from seven yards.
Wingate were hit again as good work on the left ended with a low, hard cross which Martin Cowell powered home for 2-0, though the hosts replied on the counter-attack before half-time.
Wingate dominated the early stages of the second half, and though Phili had several chances on the break, It was no surprise when the home side levelled after a defensive error on 70 minutes.
Nixon, though, proved to be Phili’s matchwinner, scrambling the ball over the line to seal a 3-2 triumph.
Washington JFC Biddick Inn lost 1-0 to visitors Wallsend Winstons. Despite periods of pressure and some decent opportunities, Biddick lost to a 55th-minute goal as the Tynesiders’ Brown launched a free-kick into the box and Perrie, having found space, gleefully sidefooted home.
Rolls-Royce shared the spoils with Hartlepool Stag & Monkey in a 2-2 draw.
Rolls’ keeper produced two outstanding early saves, but could not prevent the hosts going two ahead by the hour mark. A cross deflected in to hand Rolls a lifeline, then they levelled in stoppage time.
Willow Pond bagged a second win, 4-3 at Boldon Colliery Tavern in the battle of the bottom two, while Oddies drew 3-3 at Hedworthfield Red Hackle.
Division Two leaders Thornley Celtic were pegged back to 1-1 by Hartlepool Catholic Club, but three second-half strikes sealed a comfortable 4-1 success.
Seaham romped to a 6-2 win at South Shields Catholic Club and Mill View SC edged Cobblers Hall 2-1, while Hylton CW lost 3-0 at Darsley Park, Durham Stonebridge pipped Peterlee Helford 5-4 and Horden Sportsmans were thumped 8-1 at Gateshead Rutherford.
Red House WMC slipped a place to fourth in the Premier Division after crashing 6-1 at Cramlington Burton House, while mid-table Ryhope Foresters were held 0-0 by lowly Blyth Sea Horse and Penshaw Catholic Club drew 1-1 at home to Darlington Shuttle & Loom.
Steels King Bros picked up a handy point from a 1-1 draw at Tudhoe Black Horse.
In Division Four, Colonel Prior lost 3-2 to Shildon Grey Horse, Oddfellows Arms were sunk 5-1 at Durham County Strollers and high-flying Ivy Legends were held 3-3 at battling strugglers Wearmouth Old Boys.