Ryhope Foresters climbed to sixth place in the Premier Division on the back of an 8-1 derby victory over Hylton CW.
Hat-trick hero Glen Robson’s movement and prowess in front of goal proved the difference between the sides, with Stephen Halliday also shining.
John Cullen rounded off a great performance by grabbing two goals, one of which he meant! Gary Shields rounded the keeper to score on his return, Anthony Nelson hit a free-kick into the top corner and Gary Getting rounded off a great team move with a crisp finish.
Shields is back after giving up his allotment, but manager Trevor Thompson has mixed feelings as he will have to buy his leeks from Asda now.
Hylton replied with a good goal which left “Shaka” Young helpless.
Washington VictorIa Inn completed a quickfire double against Wallsend Community with a 2-1 home win.
Victoria took a 20th-minute lead when Paul Diamond fired home from the edge of the box, but Wallsend fought back well. Dave Heatley hit the post with a curling shot then levelled with a perfect lob from 35 yards.
A draw looked certain until sub Steve Burns popped up in the box to stab home a late Washington winner. Teenage referee Connor Kitson was praised for his control.
Penshaw Catholic Club dominated against Easington CIU, but, despite creating several chances, they had to rely on Chris Moody and Mark Liddle’s early goals for a 2-0 win to go third. Damian Maw starred.
Leaders Marden won 3-1 at Wearmouth CW.
Ivy Legends sit fourth, three points off top spot, after a 5-4 win at third-top Billingham Vets in Division Three.
In Division Four, Boldon Colliery Tavern rose to ninth, with a 3-1 win over Trimdon Vets, while Doxy Lad lost 6-1 at Forest Hall.
Mill View and Plains Farm Alldec drew 1-1 in their derby in Division Two, while Dubmire lost 4-3 in a thriller at Darsley Park.
Washington JFC Biddick Inn did a job on Willow Pond in the Kip Watson-Villa Real Cup, winning 3-1 away.
Biddick’s long ball game caught out Willow three times in the first half.
Ray Robson scored on the rebound when keeper Andy Tilbury couldn’t hold his initial shot. John Wardropper latched onto a ball over the defence to fire a low drive under Tilbury for 2-0.
Gary Golightly was denied by Washington keeper Steve Halliday before the visitors went 3-0 up, with Les Goodliff striking after Andy Norman only half-cleared a ball from Biddick star man Jason Jones.
Sub James Briant forced a good save from Halliday before Golightly chipped the ball to the far post for Norman to tap in a consolation. Ronald Bulmer then hit the bar with a fierce drive, but Biddick held on.
Grindon Broadway regained form with a bang by beating Cobblers Hall.
Grindon would have had double figures but for the brilliance of Steven Long, the Cobblers forward who had to play in goal.
Grindon were throwing everything at him including the kitchen sink, eventually Grindon scored after 35 minutes with
Davey Cooper made the breakthrough from 15 yards open 35 minutes, and Alan Ridley doubled the lead.
Centre-half Chris Bilton’s 12-yard header and a second from Ridley completed the scoring.
The Philadelphia went out 5-2 to Hartlepool Catholic Club, who raced into an early 3-0 lead.
Man of the match Nick Leat nipped in to cut the deficit to 3-1 and Phili got back to 4-2 through Mick Pattinson’s deflected header, from a corner. But Pool hit a killer fifth.