It was perhaps Gateshead Leam Rangers’ misfortune to play Horden CW just when they had appointed Keith Brown as manager.
As so often happens, the Colliers responded to their new boss by giving one of their best performances of the season and ending comfortable winners with goals from Chris Tarn, Ryan Brymer and Darren Atkinson.
Leam Rangers remain fourth from bottom, just below Easington Colliery who shot themselves in the foot at Redcar Athletic.
After conceding to Sam Webster and Adam Preston inside the opening five minutes, Easington had David Paul sent off in the seventh minute and captain Mark Swindle was also red- carded on 35 minutes.
Ritchie Playforth added a third before nine-man Easington managed a consolation from David Laight.
Boldon CA were another side to play the majority of their game at Annfield Plain with just nine players.
They twice led through Chris Hamill and Andrew Hall but the Plain replied courtesy of James Davis and Arron Reynolds.
With the score at 2-2 just before the interval, Boldon had two players dismissed and in the second half Scott Heslop rifled a hat-trick to cement an easy win for the hosts.
Prudhoe Town progressed in the Wearside League Cup with victory over Wolviston. Scott Watson, Robert Smith and Kia Hewitson, with a splendid individual effort, netted for the home side and Billy Gatenby replied.
Ryhope CW, unbeaten in 19 league games, went out of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup to Ashbrooke Belford House, Nathan Burrell scored twice before Jack Pounder replied.