Spennymoor Town moved into second place in the Ebac Northern League First Division with a 4-1 win over Morpeth Town at Craik Park last night.
Liam Henderson followed up after his initial shot had been parried by goalkeeper Stephen Mundy and midway through the first half he was again on the mark from close range.
Daniel Taylor made it three after 45 minutes but there was still time for Jack Palmer to reduce Morpeth’s three-goals deficit.
The Northumbrians held their own during the second period before conceding an 85th-minute goal to Lee Kerr.
North Shields are second in Division Two following a five-goal romp over Stokesley SC at the Daren Persson stadium.
Leading goalscorer Gareth Bainbridge bagged a brace with Keith Douglas, Ben Richardson and debutant Michael Tait, signed from Whitley Bay all beating goalkeeper Dan Lynas.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion won for the first time and moved off the bottom. Anthony Verity was an early marksman for Norton and Stockton Ancients before Reece Darwent and Callum Turnbull struck at the other end.
Ryhope CW moved to the top of the Wearside League with a 7-1 win over Coxhoe Athletic.
Prolific scorer John Butler rifled a hat-trick with Chris Winn (2), Nathan O’Neil (pen) and James Cook also on target. Ryhope now now scored 62 goals inonly 13 games.
Stockton Town, conceded their first points in a 1-1 draw at Cleator Moor Celtic. Leigh Dunn fired the Cumbrians ahead and Matthew Garbutt levelled.
Prudhoe Town eased past Richmond Town with a brace of goals from Kai Hewitson. Richmond lost Shaun Radford after 35 minutes with a suspected dislocated shoulder.
Harton and Westoe shared the points following a six-goal thriller with Seaton Carew.