Newcastle Benfield, who had claimed just two points from their first six games, romped to a 6-1 victory over Crook Town in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game at the Sam Smiths Ground.
Paul Brayson rifled a hat-trick with Stephen Bapist (2) and Lewis Horner also on target. Kyle Davis had equalised for Crook.
Team Northumbria suffered their sixth defeat in eight games, losing 3-0 at Billingham Synthonia, who won for only the second time.
Foster Garton was an early marksman and in first-half injury time, Mattie Osmond doubled the lead.
Just before the end, any hopes Team had of saving the game ended as Nathan Porritt netted.
Bedlington Terriers went close against much-fancied Spennymoor Town before losing 2-1.
Lewis Dodds put Moors ahead after only seven minutes and just before the break Phil Cave levelled.
It appeared the Terriers had done enough to earn a point but, deep into added time, Mark Davison snatched the winner.
Newton Aycliffe also left it late against Guisborough.
With just a minute left on the clock, Danny Earl completed his hat-trick, scoring the winning goal.
Jamie Owens was Aycliffe’s other scorer with Danny Johnson (2) and Lewis Wood finding the net for Guisborough who led on three occasions.
In Division Two, leaders North Shields had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Northallerton Town.
Twice ahead courtesy of Adam Scope and Dan Smart, the Robins were pegged back by Jamie Clarke, who bagged a brace of goals.
West Allotment Celtic shared in a six-goal thriller at Norton and Stockton Ancients which ended all square.
Liam Hudson, David Dormand and Sean Reid, who netted West’s last equaliser in the final minute, all beat home debutant keeper David Knight. Nick Martin and Sonny Andrews (2) scored for Norton.
Heaton Stannington defeated Willington 2-1 to move into second place, just a point behind North Shields.
In the Wearside League, Ryhope CW are now just two points behind leaders Stockton Town following a seven-goal romp against Sunderland West End.