SUNDERLAND Nissan moved to the top of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League First Division when they defeated Penrith last night but the Wearsiders left it late.
The Cumbrians led for more than an hour through Michael Reid and it took an own goal from Wayne Robertson to put Nissan back into the game.
With just three minutes remaining Stuart Banks broke clear of the Penrith defence for the winner. Tow Law Town are fourth following a comfortable victory at West Auckland Town. Daniel Robinson headed past Nicky Farrell on 29 minutes and late in the game Andrew Johnson delivered a good free kick and Mark Eckles converted a penalty.
The goals flowed at Craik Park where Morpeth Town beat Shildon 5-0 to move into the top six.
Alex Benjamin rifled a hat-trick and Stephen Warwick bagged a brace. Bedlington Terriers never really recovered from conceding three goals in the first half at Billingham Town, whose marksmen were Danny Earl (2) and John Alexander.
Billingham Synthonia failed to emulate their neighbours as Ryton came out on top. Nathan Jameson was an early scorer for the visitors and after Craig Marron levelled on 72 minutes, Mark Walton converted a penalty awarded after he had been brought down. An only goal by Mark Minto, who completed a good move involving Leon Ryan and Craig McFarlane, proved sufficient for Whitley Bay against South Shields at Hillheads Park.
In Division Two, North Shields celebrated their first victory with a Marc Nicholson goal at home to Marske United.
Derek Waters headed in Washington’s equaliser at Thornaby, who had gone in front through Paul Vickers, while Richard Carrick gave Team Northumbria the lead before Ben Christensen put through his own goal for Prudhoe Town’s equaliser.
Jarrow Roofing bowed out of the FA Cup in the Preliminary Round replay at Bridlington Town.
Nathan Hotte struck for the home side and Eifion Williams levelled before Alex Rhodes denied Roofing eight minutes from time.