Third Division front-runners Dubmire WMC maintained their promotion push with an ultimately resounding 6-0 victory at Ouston Juniors.
Lowly Ouston competed very well in the first half, and passed the ball well in creating a few half-chances.
They looked capable of getting something out of the game, but their belief disappeared when Dubmire went 2-0 up just before the break.
Doubles from man of the match Stephen Donkin, James Gardiner and Barry Turton guided Dubmire home. Matthew Cornish starred for second-bottom Ouston.
Chester Garden Farm retained their 100% record, with a fifth league win, but it was a tough battle to edge home 3-2 at Lumley Snooker Club.
All the goals came in a frenetic first half, with Jack Walsh, star man Robbie Mawson and Tom Wray on target for Farm.
Lumley’s 10-0 triumph at Newton Hall Jovial Monk was marred by ligament damage sustained by a visiting player following a bad challenge.
Sam Harris and Kelvin Scorer both bagged hat-tricks, supported by Ross Hughes (2), star man Jon Cossar and Harry Simpson.
Monk’s goalkeeper was praised for his assistance in making the injured player comfortable and getting him to hospital.
Monk are now certain to finish bottom.
Pittington enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over Sedgefield SC, although they should have been out of sight after a blistering first 15 minutes when they did everything but score.
Once the opener went in, Pittington dominated.
East Rainton moved within a point of Fourth Division leaders Lambton Lions, with two games in hand, following an 8-0 demolition of Witton Gilbert.
Rainton dominated and comfortably secured a 15th straight victory, with Lee Gaunt’s hat-trick backed by a brace from outstanding man of the match Oliver Hotchkiss.
Andrew Shepherd and Luke Elves (2) saw off never-say-die Witton, with Alan Lambert their top performer.
Grange Villa, in third, won 3-2 at Bearpark.
The hosts led with a fifth-minute Dylan Crooks penalty, but Danny Hill converted Micky Gray’s cross to level on 69 minutes.
Carl Brown instantly restored Bearpark’s lead, but Gray sidefooted home for 2-2 then slammed home the winner after Jordan Hook’s effort was cleared off the line.
Houghton Wild Boar All-Stars are only four points off second place in Division Two following a 3-1 home win against High Handenhold Bird Inn.
The old adage of a game of two halves certainly.
Visitors High Handenhold were the better side throughout the first half and led 1-0 at the break, thanks to Marc Wood’s strike.
The margin would have been greater if not for a superb one-handed save from Boar keeper Sean Simpson and an excellent header off the line from Nick Thompson.
Boar brought on substitute Rob Thompson at half-time, and he was heavily involved in Houghton’s turnaround, featuring in most of their opportunities.
Star man Nick Thompson knocked home the equaliser on the hour mark and then had a goal disallowed when adjudged to be offside.
David Banks put Boar ahead following a goalmouth melee and Shaun Corner knocked in the third after some fine work from Rob Thompson down the right wing.
Ian Slater was Bird’s top performer.
Burnside extended their perfect record to eight wins out of eight, with a 3-1 victory against Langley Park.
Burnside were mostly in command, but Langley had a couple of good chances and came more into the game in the second half, with James Wright scoring after 70 minutes to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Callum Munro, Elliot Cutts and man of the match Max Stoker steered Burnside home.
Jordan Wingfield shone for Langley.
Leaders Durham County secured their 13th win in 15 league games, sinking hosts Pelton Crown 4-0.
In a good game, Pelton competed well in an even first half, but indiscipline hit them on the restart, with Mark Foster red-carded, and County capitalised.
Joe Kerry, two-goal Alex Hird and Joe Jenkinson struck for County, with Andrew Bartle starring. Michael Hoyle stood out for Crown.
Sacriston Cricket Club capitalised on a poor performance from Sedgefield St Edmund’s to give their Premier Division survival chances a huge boost.
Despite missing five players, Sacriston were up for the fight from the first whistle and deservedly ran out 2-1 winners to move into double figures on points.
Man of the match Reece Ward made the breakthrough with a penalty, and Anthony Ward doubled the lead early in the second half.
Labouring Saints got one back, courtesy of star man Paul Wilkinson, but the visitors held on for only their third league win.
They remain 10th but are now just two points behind Ouston Cherry Tree with three games in hand.
Bottom club Sacriston WMC need a miracle to avoid finishing at the foot of the table.
A 5-1 home defeat to Brandon Sports Club, whose success enhanced their chance of beating the drop, left them eight points adrift at the bottom, with only three matches to play.
Brandon ran out comfortable winners, but three late goals were harsh on Sacriston in an otherwise very tight game.
The hosts rued missed chances as they were the clear aggressor for 65 minutes.
Brandon were very effective on the break and Steven Parnaby gave them the lead from the penalty spot. Soon after, Oliver Graham doubled their lead before a 20-yard strike got Sacriston back into it, just before the break.
The second half was much the same, with Brandon repelling wave after wave of Sacriston pressure before Parnaby netted following a knockdown from a free-kick.
Sub Mark English and Michael Fort added goals at the death to make the scoreline look more comfortable than the match was.
Robson Brown starred for Brandon.
Division One’s match of the day ended all square as leaders West Rainton drew 1-1 at third-top Washington Cross Keys.
Andrew Ward had Rainton in front at the break, but Luke Duffield levelled it up on the restart in a well-matched game.
Jamie Bowes stood out for Rainton, with Adam Reay best for Keys.
Rainton’s draw saw their lead at the top cut to just three points by Ferryhill Celtic, who have four games in hand.
Celtic outgunned Whitehills 6-2 as the Chester-le-Street side finished their campaign with a 14th defeat.
Ferryhill dominated possession throughout, but it took them until late in the first half to take advantage, but Jonny Agar’s double and a deflected Jason White strike had them three goals up at the interval.
Whitehills came back into the game in the second half and Gareth Patterson pulled a goal back.
The game then became very open and Celtic were awarded two penalties. Whitehills’ man of the match, keeper Liam Smith, guessed right for both efforts but was only able to save one.
Kyle Wren, Agar, completing his hat-trick, and star man White finished off Celtic’s scoring, while Chris Burr bagged a second for Whitehills.
Whitehills are only a point above bottom club Pelaw Grange Dogs, who still have nine games to play.