A magnificent seven wins out of seven in the Durham County Sunday Cup first round provided a great lift for the league.
Murton Colliery Inn pulled off a great victory, sinking Sunderland side Farra Paragon 4-1 thanks to Liam Appleby’s brace and efforts from Andrew Upperton and sub Hayden Pace.
Dawdon Welfare Park had Craig McManus, Jack Walker, Kyle Middleton and sub Wes Smith to thank for a 4-0 defeat of Lambton Lions United.
Two Scott Henderson goals and a strike from sub Craig Patterson enabled Easington Lane WMC to see off Chester-le-Street Grange Villa 3-1.
Easington CIU enjoyed a comfortable 6-1 win against Hartlepool outfit Three Lions Sports Domes. Liam Adamson (2), Adrian and Daniel Sanders, Simon Todd and Sam White were all on the mark.
Goals from Craig Harbord, Joe Bell, James Connor and Jack Pounder helped Horden CW Supporters Club progress with a 4-1 victory at Houghton Chilton Lodge, with Michael Robson starring.
Peterlee Helford United came away from Consett Scotch Arms with a thrilling 8-4 win, inspired by five-goal top scorer Gary Shaw. Amir Kamil Di Di added a brilliant hat-trick.
Goals from Bradley and Liam Beeston, plus an effort from Paul Wintrip, paved the way for Peterlee Catholic Club to sink Witton Park 3-1.
Hetton Lyons extended their 100% record in Division Two with a 4-1 defeat of New Seaham Westlea.
Man of the match Michael Brunning, Liam Branney, Matthew Price and Jon Glenwright did the damage, with Tom Farrell replying. Ryan Chambers starred for Westlea.
Peterlee Hearts edged Sherburn United 5-4 in a thriller, led by doubles from Michael Coates and Dave Kember. Steven Freeman also notched, with Matthew Griffiths (2), Mike Ambler and sub James Raine replying.
Acre Rigg SC came from two down to lead Wingate Grange 3-2, but ended up losing 4-3 in a thriller.
Tom Bell, Michael Lee, Simon Hall and John Dale netted for Grange, with Chris Collings, Craig Tweddle and Scott Jackson responding.
Peterlee Central Club rallied from a 4-0 first-leg deficit to thump Easington Leather Cap 7-1, for a 7-5 aggregate success to reach the George Ivey Cup semi-finals.
John Ritson, Ethan Maddison and Sean Pratt all scored twice, with Michael Bayless also netting. Full-back Graham Ball struck for Cap.
Seaham The George drew 3-3 with Horden Cricket Club to reach the Cyril Dunn Cup semi-finals 7-5 on aggregate.
Adam Wallace (2) and Michael Charlton struck for George.
Niall Salmon (2), Adam Croft and Paul Wilkinson gave Trimdon Royal Oaks a 4-2 second-leg win against Wingate Howden.
Two Liam Houghton goals, and a Brandon Cook strike, gave South Hetton Cricket Club a 3-1 first-leg lead in the First Division Cup quarter-final. Chris Dormand struck for Marlborough.