Blyth Town's John Amos headed past the Whitley Bay A keeper to win the match of the day.
Town were also guilty of missing a number of further scoring opportunities in a fine match on a heavy pitch that was a great advert for Alliance football.
Killingworth Station are getting back into gear and Mark Roper knocked in a hat-trick as they cruised to success at Rutherford – and booked joint second spot. Mark Dixon notched the other.
Carlisle City went two-up thanks to a Robert Hamilton own goal and a Rob McCartney shot. Visitors Walker Central did pull one back late on from the penalty spot through Dan Quine.
There was a dramatic finish at Northbank. Goalkeeper Stewart Hill went up for an 86th minute corner and headed it into the net to cancel out Jack Palmer’s first half strike for visitors Wallington.
It also ended 1-1 at Seaton Delaval, who led through a Stephen Howes strike but Johnny Basham levelled for visitors Hebburn Reyrolle.
Percy Main came from behind as they beat Ashington Colliers to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. Chris Glass shot the Colliers in front but a second half double from Gareth Armstrong and a late piledriver from substitute Curtis Miller gave the Villagers the points.
Derek Graham bagged a brace for Wallsend Town at Shankhouse, but the home side won it with goals from Noel Hanlon, Scott Young and a late Peter Snowdon strike.
Rees Farndell, Martin Soulsby and Robert Nolan netted for Red House Farm at Stocksfield as they booked a spot in the Bay Plastics Challenge Cup semis. Phil Murray scored a double in reply for the Griffins.