Ashington ended Marske United’s unbeaten record in the Ebac Northern League First Division with last night’s victory at the seaside.
The only goal came after 56 minutes when, following a slick passing move, Glen Taylor chipped goalkeeper Robert Dean from outside the penalty area.
Whitley Bay and Billingham Synthonia were involved in a cracking game at Hillheads which the Teessiders shaded by the only goal.
The home side dominated the first half during which Paul Chow and Jarrod Rivers went close. Synners came more into the picture and snatched victory on 88 minutes when Matthew Osmond drove low into the net.
Bishop Auckland edged Consett by the odd goal in five at Heritage Park. After building up a two-goal cushion courtesy of Shaun Tarling and Dean Douglas, Bishops were pegged back by Scott Canham.
Douglas struck again only for Luke Sullivan to throw Consett a late lifeline, but Bishops held on.
Billingham Town remain bottom, still without a point, after being hit for six by Newton Aycliffe whose marksmen were Jamie Owens (4), Stuart Oliver and Daniel Wilson.
James McLeod claimed a consolation for Billingham.
Hebburn Town are second from the basement and they too suffered a heavy defeat. In a one-sided game, Dunston UTS enjoyed a five goal romp with Johnny Wightman rifling a hat-trick and Lee McAndrew bagging a brace.
In Division Two, Whickham went down at Thornaby, who eased their position near the bottom of the table.
The Glebemen made a perfect start with Jamie Blyth’s attempted clearance hitting his colleague Craig Winter on its way into the net for an own goal.
Chris Burton levelled when he rounded goalkeeper John Mordey and just before the interval Whickham went behind as Burton again found the net.
Midway during the second period, the visitors were left with a formidable challenge when Joe Melvin chipped Mordey.
South Shields shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Darlington RA at Brinkburn Road.
Adam Burnicle (2) and Stephen Ramsey (pen) netted for the Mariners with Jordan Fraser (og), Jimmy Muir (pen) and Stephen Allison replying for the RA. All six goals were scored in the opening 41 minutes.
Alnwick Town went out of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup to Norton and Stockton Ancients who won with a penalty converted by Gary Mitchell.