SUNDERLAND Nissan, who earlier in the season challenged strongly for the championship, moved into fifth position in the Skilltrainingltd Northern League with last night’s 2-1 victory over Dunston Federation at Federation Park.
The Fed were also contenders for the title but they, too, have dropped out of the race.
Mark Sheeran gave them a 13th-minute lead, converting a Fergal Harkin corner, but seven minutes later Anthony Lund broke clear and produced a clinical finish.
Just before the interval, he was again on target with an identical goal and although Dunston enjoyed a lot of possession, they were unable to beat goalkeeper Paul Newton a second time.
West Allotment Celtic dropped out of the top six with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Morpeth Town. Daryl Hall headed in a corner by Ian Herron after just eight minutes.
West Auckland Town remain deep in trouble, second from bottom after losing to Ashington, for whom Gareth Bainbridge scored both goals. In Division Two, Sunderland RCA maintained their slender hopes of pipping Esh Winning and Horden CW for the two remaining promotion places when they just edged Whitehaven with an only goal by Andy Jennings.
North Shields improved their position near the bottom with a quick double over Darlington RA.
After winning at Brinkburn Road on Saturday, they again came out on top with an early goal by Liam Mulligan and a late strike from Robbie Livermore at Ralph Gardner Park.