DURHAM City climbed into sixth place, leapfrogging Malton and Norton after edging a dramatic 34-29 win over the North Yorkshire side on Saturday.
However, they had to fight back from an impressive opening by the visitors, who stormed 12-3 up, with only an Arnie Stevenson penalty to boost Durham.
Howard Johnson then finished off a fine move, with Stevenson adding the conversion to cut the deficit to two points.
The try inspired City and they scored again quickly, with flanker Jeff Roberts touching down and Stevenson converting for a 17-12 lead.
Malton responded to regain their advantage with a converted try, but Durham finished the half stronger, with an unconverted try and a Stevenson penalty ensuring an eight-point interval lead.
Durham’s forwards came up with another try early in the second half to ensure victory, though the visitors struck twice late on to grab two bonus points.