GOALS in each half from Malcolm Morien and debutant Craig Johnson gave Blyth Town a win at Amble United, whose lead at the top of the Northern Alliance premier division is now down to three points as Carlisle City came from behind to beat Stocksfield.
Chris Hall slammed in a penalty for the Griffins but Robbie Mather, sub Sean Bannon and Tom Lucock, also from the spot, turned things around for the Cumbrians.
Dan Quine struck twice for Walker Central as they beat Wallsend Town in the East End derby with Craig Burke replying.
It also ended 2-1 to the visitors at Harraby as Chris Bell grabbed a double for Percy Main and Darren Addison struck a penalty at the other end.
Ashington Colliers had Dave Brown and Joe Moscrop hit the net as they beat Rutherford, with Graeme Troughton scoring in reply.
Goals from Michael Fenwick and Jamie Dunn gave Seaton Delaval three points against Killingworth Sporting. Connal Reed was spot-on for the visitors, but it was not enough.
Hebburn Reyrolle struck three times on the road through Josh McHugh (2) and Dean Stewart, but it was not enough as hosts Shankhouse had Mark Brittain (2), Chris Rue and Paul Dunn all on target to win it.
In division one, goals from Kev Long, Jordan Watson and Andrew Carr eased Cramlington Town to victory over Bedlington Terriers Reserves.
Meanwhile leaders Wallington were given a mighty scare by Newcastle University. The Students stormed into a 3-0 lead in 17 minutes as Robbie Goodyear, Tom Stapleton and a Johnny Sexton penalty all found the net. Jordan Nellis’s hat-trick spared the Greens blushes and saved a point.
Stev McLaughlin led the way for Chemfica with four against a shell-shocked Morpeth Town A. Richard Bissessur, Tito Davison (2), Dean Catlow and Kyle Burnie got the others in a romp with Gavin Agnew’s goal scant consolation.
Robert Frame and Michael Pooley both hit doubles as Heddon beat Bohs and Liam Anderson also struck twice for Ponteland United at Northbank.
Jack L’Argent and Andrew Davidson got the others with Mark Worrall replying while strikes from Joe Bell, Ryan Davenport, Kev Hay and John Dewhirst gave Redheugh three points at Willington Quays Saints. Kane Chirnside netted twice in reply.
In division two, Scott Jasper and Ben Pollock crashed in for North Shields Athletic at Wallsend Town as they cut Birtley Saint Joseph’s lead at the top to one point.
Saint Joes’ striker Damien Stevens netted a brace as they were held at Wideopen, who had Michael Strachan and Kevin Ord hit the net as they led twice.
Wooler’s James Scott (2) and Mark Forrest celebrated as they saw off Blyth Isabella, who had Che Aisbitt notch, while goals from Andrew Bennett and a late Stephen Baker strike gave Seaton Burn the spoils at Longbenton.
John Wright (2) and Andy hall did the damage for Alston against Grainger Park and High Howdon just had enough to see off a spirited challenge from Swalwell.
The breathed a sigh of relief as goals from Nicky Whitelaw (2), Craig Black and Jason Walsh edged out the visitors in a seven-goal thriller. Craig Watson, Jack Gibson and Shaun Stonehouse banged home for Swalwell in an end-to-end encounter.
Stephen Hogg struck for Alnwick Town Reserves in their draw with Newcastle Benfield Reserves, who had Chris Thompson on target.
In the NFA Minor Cup, Hexham’s Marc Nixon netted the only goal in extra time as they beat spirited New Fordley to book a spot in the Minor Cup final.
They will face Red House Farm, whose scorers were Martin Soulsby (pen) and Mark Sheeran in a 2-1 win at Cullercoats.
In the NFA Senior Benevolent Bowl, Heaton Stannington went into the last four with goals from Kevin Carr and William James’ extra time winner giving them a 2-1 success at Whitley Bay A, whose target-man was Gav Hattrick.