SUNDERLAND West End took only 16 points from their first 13 games but since then it has been success all the way for the Wearsiders.
They made it 11 wins on the bounce at Wolviston, who conceded goals to Neil Maddison (2) and David Keighley before Chris Moore hit a late consolation.
The championship is becoming more and more a two-horse race between Redcar Athletic and Ryhope CW.
The Seasiders extended their lead at the top to eight points with a comfortable win over Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Stuart Poulter and a brace from regular marksman James Kesterton saw off the Tynesiders.
Ryhope CW had a free day and now have four games in hand on their rivals.
Third-top Stockton Town kept alive their slender hopes of overtaking the leading pair when goals by Stephen Roberts and David Johnson proved decisive against Hartlepool.
Jarrow stay fourth but they too are outsiders in the title race.
Their latest success was hard-earned against Prudhoe Town, who were in with a chance until Andrew Wilkison added to Brian Johnson’s goal in the 88th minute.
Annfield Plain conceded five times to Peterlee Town, whose marksmen were Ashley Davis (2), Andrew Morris (2) and Adam Croft. Alan Robinson and Colin Snailham struck for the Plain.
Coxhoe Athletic remain bottom after losing to Boldon CA, whose match-winners were Shaun Reay and David Hopper.
Silksworth Rangers celebrated only their fourth win of the season at Kirkbymoorside, where Gary Tyzack (2) and Paul Muir scored. Rob McDermid and Jack Chadwick kept the Yorkshiremen in with a chance.
James Seymour, Danny Lee and Paul Bailes edged Willington to victory over Darlington Cleveland Bridge for whom Christian Halliday and Philip Caley (a penalty) replied.
Ashbrooke Belford House’s trip to Cleator Moor Celtic was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.