MURTON grabbed a lifeline at the foot of the Northern Alliance table as they made Ashington Colliers sweat for a point.
The Colliers had trounced their hosts 9-2 in the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup just seven days previously, so must have fancied their chances of keeping up the pressure at the top.
But they went behind to a Luke Wallace strike in the tenth minute and although Jamie Patterson levelled in the 30th minute, Mike Fortune netted five minutes before the break to give the battling home side the advantage.
Patterson was on target again to level in the 55th minute, but Murton held out for the point that moves them level on points with two other clubs.
Alex Berhan’s early opener for Seaton Delaval was cancelled out by Percy Main striker Nkuriza Suaibu and it remained that way until the hour mark when Abu Bakker-Salin grabbed a quick-fire double.
There were just 60 seconds left when Danny McGuire netted an exquisite chip for Delaval and Grant Kershaw added the fifth in stoppage time.
Harraby CC hit the woodwork twice at Blyth Town before going behind to a Craig Hopwood penalty and then being reduced to ten men.
But the Cumbrians fought back and Dean Armstrong levelled before Dan Balmer cracked in a late winner.
In the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins, Morpeth SC created a number of chances against bogey side Heddon, but found the visitors keeper in inspired form and fell behind in the 40th minute to an Andrew Lee Davidson goal.
Perry Veitch added a killer second five minutes after the break and although Joe Danqhuar pulled one back, an own goal with five minutes left and a Tony Wigham strike sent Heddon through.
Amble United extended their lead at the top of division one as they netted six times against basement side Forest Hall.
Sean Taylor got the Seasiders off to a flier and a Ross Gair double put them firmly in charge. Gow pulled one back but late goals from Adam Shanks, Darren Riddell and Josh Hay could prove important to the goal difference.
Newcastle Uni proved even more ruthless with a 9-0 demolition of Cramlington Town.
Charles Illogu and Dan Clements led the way with two each and they were joined on the score sheet by Adam Fearn, Nathan Campbell, Adam Ball and Josh Davison.
It ended all-square in the top of the table clash at Harton and Westoe, with David Bulman netting for the Colliery and Rob Nolan on target for leaders Red House Farm.
Wallsend Boys Club moved into second spot as red-hot Dylan Adamson hit the only goal of the game at Swalwell and goals mid-way through the second half from Andrew Bruce and Chris Holt earned Wideopen the three points against North Shields Athletic.
Reece Allman’s early opener for Seaton Burn was quickly cancelled out by New Fordley’s Lee Waugh and that set the tone for a seven-goal thriller.
Daniel Young’s double put New Fordley on top and when Louis Boddy added a fourth it looked game over.
But Nicky Hara and David Hewitt fired in to give New Fordley a scare and leave them sweating in the last ten minutes for the points.