CONSETT’s hopes of clinching the Skilltrainingltd Northern League championship received a setback at Belle Vue Park last night, when Sunderland Nissan ended winners with late goals from Anthony Chapman and Neil Tarrant.
The Steelmen lead Dunston Federation by just five points and Newcastle Benfield are just six points off the top after coasting to a 3-0 victory over Tow Law Town, courtesy of Michael Chilton (two pens) and Ian Graham.
The Fed and Benfield both have three games in hand on Consett, while fourth-top Spennymoor Town have played six matches fewer than the leaders and are now just seven points behind after hitting Billingham Synthonia 4-0.
Karl Richards (pen), Chris Smith and Jamie Clarke (2) were the marksmen.
Seaham Red Star moved off the bottom, defeating rivals in distress West Auckland Town with an only goal from Michael Magowan.
Bishop Auckland are now at the basement, despite claiming a point in the local derby with Shildon.
Adam Strong gave Bishops an early lead before Warren Byrne levelled.
Lowly Prudhoe Town upset the form-book in Division Two, ending 2-0 ahead of promotion hopefuls Marske United. Liam Bell and Chris Baxter were the scorers for Town.
Sunderland RCA slipped up in their bid for one of the three promotion places when they were held to a draw at Stokesley SC.
Ryan Stewart (2) and Stuart Wise netted for the home side with Andy Jennings (2) and Michael Coghlan replying.