WEST Allotment Celtic opened a two-point lead at the top when Keith Douglas scored both goals against Chester-le-Street, who were playing their first league fixture of the season.
Douglas converted a 22nd-minute penalty and hit his second strike after 36 minutes. He left Chester goalkeeper Ian Aitken powerless with a clinical long-range strike.
Sunderland Nissan are second after conceding their first points at Spennymoor Town, where they led by two goals until late in the game. Three of the six goals came from penalties. Carl Richards fired Moors in front from the spot and Neil Tarrant did likewise at the other end for Nissan’s equaliser.
Andrew Appleby then scored two and the Wearsiders were set for victory until Richards was brought down. He threw Moors a lifeline with his second penalty of the afternoon.
Ten minutes from time Richards was involved in the build-up which led to Chris Lawler levelling the scores.
Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics conceded two points when Warren Byrne equalised with an 85th-minute penalty for Shildon after Andrew Dugdale had opened the scoring.
Alex Benjamin scored on his debut in Morpeth Town’s win at Consett, for whom Stephen Johnson scored both goals. Chris Philipson and Ian Heron were the Northumbrians’ other marksmen.
Bedlington Terriers are bottom and pointless after Seaham Red Star’s victory with a Stephen Winspear goal while Ashington are fourth top.
Mark Walton was scored for Ryton, but after Paul Gardner equalised, the Colliers won with two goals in the last 10 minutes by Mark Pattie.
Paul Chow grabbed a late equaliser for Whitley Bay at home to Billingham Synthonia, who led for most of the game with a David Yale penalty awarded when David Timmons handled which led to his dismissal.
Dunston Federation returned home pointless from Penrith as Dean Douglas and Michael Reed earned the First Division newcomers their second win in three attempts.
In Division Two, North Shields were hit for eight goals by Sunderland RCA, who have racked up 12 in their first two matches.
Gary Shields (3), Andy Jennings (2), Shaun David, Paul Salmonds and Paul Taylor were all on target at Ralph Gardner Park. The Robins played for an hour with 10 men following the dismissal of Paul Hogg.
Hebburn Town were another side to suffer a goals avalanche as Stokesley SC romped home 7-1 thanks to Neil Radigan (2), Craig Johnson (2), Lev Yalcin, Stuart Wise and Gareth Williams. Michael Armstrong claimed a consolation for the South Tynesiders.
Last season, Brandon United
just escaped relegation but so far they are a different proposition and enjoyed a five-goal romp at Prudhoe Town.
Their star was Paul Dixon, who struck four times with Chris Toye adding to the woes of Prudhoe.
Whickham looked to have done enough when they led with
a couple of minutes remaining at Horden CW.
Andrew Wilson and Ian Robson had put them in the driving seat with Mark Stephenson replying. Stephenson levelled the scores in the 88th minute and a minute later Darren Atkinson rifled in Horden’s winner.
Stephen Burns and Andrew Innes scored in the first 12 minutes but when Darren Kokes converted an 80th-minute penalty, Birtley Town had to hang on for their first success when they hosted Crook Town..
Esh Winning easily accounted for Washington courtesy of Shaun Gregory (2), Craig Coates and Nicky Martin. Robert Ruddick had equalised for the Newtowners.
Jarrow Roofing, aiming for an immediate return to the top flight, also won 4-1 at Thornaby. Chris Archer with two, Eifion Williams and Richard Patton were the scorers with Paul Vickers responding.
Team Northumbria led through Adam Davey and Gary McCormick at Marske United, who turned the tables scoring three times in 11 minutes. The goals were credited to Dane Wilson but when all seemed lost, Team clinched a point with a last-gasp equaliser from Dean Creighton.