DESPITE reducing the deficit to a single goal after they had conceded three in the opening 25 minutes, Boldon CA couldn’t halt Willington’s challenge for the title when they met on South Tyneside.
Adam Pinkney, Jason White and Adam Sakr appeared to have put the game beyond Boldon, but the home side hit back with strikes from Tiegan Kha and Adam Sharp.
At 3-2 it was anyone’s game but Willington finished strongly, and further strikes by Stephen Howe and Chris Hardy earned them three crucial points which keeps them seven points ahead at the top.
Stockton Town are second, with a game in hand.
Richmond Town were rarely troubled by Harton and Westoe, who found four-goal man-of-the-match Callum Holbrook a real handful.
Rory Atkinson also netted for third-placed Richmond with a Stephen Telford penalty Harton’s sole reply.
The three sides competing for the championship all scored five times.
Stockton Town emulated their rivals, although it was bottom-of-the-table Silksworth Rangers who scored first courtesy of Mansur Maigari.
Once Callum Hannah levelled, though, Stockton went nap as Matthew Richardson, Joe Hinchley, Tony Johnson and Adam Nicholson hit the target.
Prudhoe Town, who have reached two cup finals, maintained their encouraging end-of-season form with another win, this time at Peterlee Town, where Stephen Foster (2) and John Parker were the marksmen.
Jarrow and Gateshead Leam Rangers shared the points at Perth Green.
Ryan Burton gave the hosts a 52nd-minute lead – only for Rangers to equalise within two minutes through Kane Wheatley.