IT’S still nip and tuck at the top of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League First Division after two of the four leading sides won last night.
Spennymoor Town moved into pole position for the first time with a 3-2 victory over Ashington at the Brewery Field.
Gareth Bainbridge fired the Colliers ahead and after Gareth Waite levelled, Craig Gott converted a penalty for Moors.
Robbie Cockburn equalised with a header and, with only five minutes remaining, Moors scored a crucial winning goal as Waite hit his second of the night.
Spennymoor lead Consett by a point and have a game in hand on the Steelmen. Newcastle Benfield stay third and Whitley Bay are fourth after hitting Seaham Red Star with a 5-1 defeat. Lee Kerr scored a hat-trick for the second time in four days with Darren Reay and Chris Moore also on target. Kyle Bird hit a consolation for Seaham, who are relegated.
Sunderland Nissan moved into the top six, defeating fifth-placed Dunston Federation 2-1 with strikes by Richard Hodgson and Lee Owens. Stephen Preen replied for the Fed late in the game.
Brian Dodsworth and Alex Lawson led Bedlington Terriers to victory over Shildon, whose only goal was a penalty by leading scorer Warren Byrne.
West Allotment Celtic comfortably defeated Billingham Synthonia. Keith Douglas and Andrew Johnson each bagged a brace of goals, with Andrew Carr also finding the net. James Magowan scored twice in the opening 19 minutes for Synners before Celtic staged a fightback. Referee Gary Wallace took charge of his last game at this level before retiring.
Bishop Auckland increased their chances of avoiding relegation with victory at Morpeth Town, where Amar Purewal scored the only goal midway through the second period. Despite losing at Tow Law Town, Billingham Town are safe. Chris Renshaw set up Lee Hamilton for the only goal on 26 minutes but four minutes later he was red-carded.
In Division Two, Birtley Town moved into the top half of the table with a resounding 5-1 victory against Whickham, who scored first courtesy of Michael Pitt. Robbie Houghton, Andrew Grant-Soulsby, Ben Johnson, Tony Thirkell and Stephen Burn (pen) all scored in the last half hour.
New Marske lost ground in the race for the Wearside League championship when they were held to a draw at Hartlepool, who twice levelled through Ian Davis and Phil Graham after Alex Anderson and Nicky Ward had struck.
At the other end of the table, East Durham United hit Willington with a 5-1 defeat in a bottom-three clash.
Darren Box was an early scorer for the visitors but United soon took control and their supremacy was rewarded with goals by Richard Anderson (2), Michael Chapman (2) and Shaun Stephens.
Guisborough Town HC are rooted to the basement after suffering their 25th defeat in 31 games. Lee Harrison (2) and Stuart Burton led Ashbrooke Belford House to victory, with the home side’s only response credited to Liam Bedford.
Mark Brocklehurst (2), Chris Lunn and Peter Kane found the net in Jarrow’s 4-0 defeat of Coxhoe Athletic and Paul Round (2) and Uyi Ehima were the marksmen in Kirkbymoorside’s 3-0 victory over Wolviston.
:: WALKER Central went four points clear at the head of the Re/Max Northern Alliance’s Premier Division and banged in eight goals for the second time in four days.
John Campbell (4), Dave Thompson (2), Dean Walker and Gary McCartney scored in the Central’s 8-0 victory at Wark.
Second-placed Gillford Park and third-placed hosts Harraby Catholic Club boosted Walker’s championship hopes by featuring in a goalless draw in Cumbria.
Alnwick Town won 3-0 away to strugglers Newcastle University with goals for Ben Keenan (2) and Tony Brown, and Heddon had Craig Horsfall bagging a brace to beat Seaton Delaval 2-0 at Bullocksteads.
Ponteland United shared six goals with visitors Heaton Stannington. Their marksmen were Scott Fenwick, Sean Willis and Liam McIvor, with Heaton replying through Andrew Weeks, Kevin Carr and Paul Hodgson.
Things are continuing to look black for Peterlee Town on the bottom rung. Despite having Martin Jones and Jonathan Monaghan on target, the Newtowners were beaten 4-2 at home by Blyth Town.
Danny Beresford completed his hat-trick for Blyth, whose other scorer was Chris Taylor.