MURTON have crashed out of the Premier Division after a nightmare seven-game losing run.
The County Durham side were last relegated in 2005/06 but they bounced back at the second attempt.
Cut nine points adrift from the rest of the pack, they put up a fight at title-challenging Hebburn Reyrolle but went behind to a Craig Watson penalty.
When Watson drilled in a low free kick five minutes later they were left with a mountain to climb. Liam Clark hammered in the final nail with four minutes to go.
Whitley Bay A went back to the top of the table with goals from Gav Hattrick, Liam Harris, Stewart Wright and Jack Walker giving the Seahorses three points against Blyth Town and stretching their impressive winning run in the league to ten games. Town had Kyle Devlin and Liam Vaughan on target.
Lee Johnson’s second-half, seven-minute treble maintained Heaton Stannington’s title credentials.
The East Enders led early on when Gary McGarrigal thumped in a header but Ponteland United levelled through Billy Holden.
United crumbled as Johnson struck in the 65th, 70th and 72nd minutes and Ben Telford finished things off in the 90th.
Rutherford pulled away from the drop zone as goals from Ed Keenan, Yanas Galas and Chris Morris gave them an important win at Stocksfield, who replied though Chris Fairless.
Harraby CC’s championship hopes have been blunted after taking just two points from their last four games. The Cumbrians went ahead at Ashington Colliers through Kyle Armstrong but Iain Nickalls levelled things up with 15 minutes to play and the Colliers had some good chances to win it.
Carlisle City’s visit to Shankhouse was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was the match between Killingworth Sporting and Seaton Delaval Amateurs.