Two successive wins have lifted Easington CIU out of the Premier Division relegation zone.
Having defeated high-flying Horden CW Supporters Club 4-2 the previous week, CIU beat relegation rivals Easington Lane WMC 3-1 in a six-pointer, thanks to two-goal Simon Todd and Rob Huntley. Dan Sanders was man of the match.
Star man Stephen Francis struck for Lane, who finished with 10 men following a red card for Elliott Woods.
Lowly Thornley Harrys Bar suffered a crushing 7-2 beating at Horden CW Supporters Club.
Jonathan Pearson and sub John Williams both bagged doubles, with Rob Taylor, James Connor and Andrew Summerbell also netting. Barry Frost struck twice in reply.
Easington HMS Victory outgunned rivals Easington Welfare 4-1 to bolster their First Division title claims.
Ryan Douglas, Dale Harker, Gary Spalding and substitute Thomas Bott struck for Victory, who are now fourth on 26 points, with three games in hand on each of the teams above them.
Easington Southside are on 30 points, with Easington Welfare and Hetton Social on 27 apiece.
Iain Dunn netted Welfare’s consolation.
Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion edged home 4-3 against FC Peterlee Moorcock, courtesy of Paul Wilkinson’s treble and a Graeme Blakey strike.
Bottom side Horden Cricket Club drew 1-1 with South Hetton Cricket Club, with Reece Brymer and Graham Hall the respective marksmen. Ali Shah stood out for Horden, Liam Watson for the visitors.
In Division Two, it is tight between the top four clubs, with only two promotion places. Seven points separate the contenders.
Third-top form team Murton New Hesledon emphatically beat Peterlee Oaklands 8-1, with Anthony Cook’s hat-trick supported by Dave Parry, Liam Appleby, Elliott Hughes, and subs Ian Craggs and Liam Seed. Joshua Ball hit Oaklands’ consolation.
Two goals apiece from Adam Hepple and Ryan Martin, plus efforts from Connor Patterson, Reece Huntley, Michael Bacon and Tony Little, saw leaders Seaham Marlborough home 8-0 against Peterlee Central Club.
Second-placed NSCC overcame derby rivals New Seaham Mallard 5-1.
Star man Lee Chapman, Dan Gibson, Michael Kennedy, Andrew Readymarcher and Jonathan Roberts all notched, with Mark Cooper responding. Ethan McGhin shone for Mallard.
Fourth-top Wingate Plough Inn, with two games in hand, were without a match.
Scott Taylor was the marksman as Hetton Fox and Hounds edged home 1-0 against Acre Rigg Celtic, with keeper Arron Watson outstanding. Iain Hind shone for Rigg.eterlee Hearts saw off Haswell Oddfellows Arms 3-1 thanks to two-goal Dave Kember and Jared Jones.
The Premier Division League Cup final will see leaders Dawdon Welfare Park up against Shotton Comrades.
Two goals from Stephen Digby and an effort from Dave Beeston saw Comrades through 3-2 after extra time against Seaham The George. Scott Danks starred.
The other semi-final was one-way traffic as Kyle Bell’s hat-trick, plus further goals from Marc Taylor, Robbie Bird and sub Wes Smith, guided Dawdon Welfare Park home 6-0 against Hetton The Tuns.
Peterlee Catholic Club reached the First Division Cup semi-final when goals from Ross Stephenson, Ryan Brymer and Scott Brown sank Easington Southside 3-1, with Michael Fox replying. Luke Barnes shone for Southside, Martin Peace for Catholic.
There was a shock in the Tommy Burrell Memorial Cup quarter-finals as First Division Shotton Builders Warehouse pipped Premier high-fliers Peterlee Helford United 3-2.
Peter Crawford and Michael Cain responded to strikes from Philip Hickman, Craig Woodward and sub Michael Boardman.