Ashington Colliers went down to previously win less Hebburn Reyrolle in the Northern Alliance Newcastle Building Society premier division on Saturday.
John Murray struck twice with Johnny Basham and Lee Buglass adding the others as Reyrolle claimed their first win of the season.
Rutherford had Luke Watson and a David Clasper own goal on the scoresheet as they led twice against derby rivals Whickham Sporting, who took a point thanks to strikes from John Dewhirst and Paul Cavanagh.
In Nike division one, Cullercoats looked to be heading for victory at promotion rivals AFC Newbiggin with ten minutes to thanks to Luke Ferguson’s first half double, but the Seasiders stormed back to claim a point with goals from John Bone and Gary Bailes in an exciting finish.
Wallsend Boys Club’s Daniel Hindmarsh hit two in their success at Blyth Isabella, with Alex Nesbit netting the other. Michael Meins and Daniel Hislop scored for the hosts.
Liam Heenan, Scott Coates and Steven Coates fired in for Hexham in a good win over Bedlington Terriers Reserves.
Newcastle Uni got their season up and running as James Monk, Jacob Salisbury and Angus Taylor crashed home against Birtley Saint Josephs.
Wayne Dunn (2) and Craig Cook netted for Ponteland United as they beat New Fordley, who chalked up through Will Clarke.
In Bay Plastics division two, Leaders Grainger Park had Shaun Young, Steve Matthews and Imran Collins on target in their success against Alnwick Town Reserves.
Shilbottle CW’s Josh Hay bagged a brace against Forest Hall. Matty Graham got the other, with Craig Harley pulling one back.
Lindisfarne Custom Planet’s Micky Hedley slammed home four times in the second half of a demolition job on Wideopen. Grant Richardson, Pete Lowery, Liam Mulligan, Ben Miley, Paolo Black (2) and Ryan Smith all got in on the act with replies from Micky Welford and Craig Potter (pen) providing scant consolation.
Chris Sword grabbed a hat-trick for Longbenton as the Bulls netted seven at Swalwell. Connor Graham added two more, with Anthony Brown and Robert Woods completing the scoring.
Whitburn Athletic’s Ross McAuley was also claiming the match ball with a second half treble against Cramlington United. Adam Bravey got the other.
Lee Turnbull (2), Tony Falconer, Ryan Gibson and Liam Barnett netted for Gateshead Leam Rangers in a comprehensive win over Newcastle Benfield Reserves, who netted thanks to Aaron McEwan.
In the NFA Senior Benevolent Bowl and Minor Cup competition, Sean Millington hit a hat-trick for North Shields Athletic in an 13-goal thriller against Cramlington Town – but spare a thought for Town hit-man Daniel McDonald, who hit three and still ended up on the losing side. Lee Crammond, Luke Molloy (2), Scott Jasper and Marc Crammond got the others for Athletic, with David Mason and Robert Bates completing Town’s total in an end-to-end encounter.
John Paxton, Dan Thompson and Matty Blackith scored for Wallington as they beat Bohemians.
Chris Rue (2) and Kevin Gustard netted in Shankhouse’s win over Newcastle Chemfica.
It also ended 3-0 at Blyth Town, whose scorers were Chris Lisle, Johnny Mann and Malcolm Morien against Killingworth Station.
Carl Begbie, Dean Imray, David Kane and Robert Hamilton were Walker Central’s scorers in a creditable victory over Prudhoe Town.
Whitley Bay A advanced by the same scoreline at Seaton Delaval.
Joe Betts gave Percy Main an early lead against Red House Farm but Reece Farndell, Ross Bailey and Martin Soulsby replied.
Willington Quay Saints won a replayed Minor Cup tie at Wooler thanks to goals from Matthew Adams and Noel Clynch. Luke Strangeways netted for the hosts.
In the Cumberland FA Senior Cup, Robbie Vallance bagged a brace in Northbank’s 3-2 win at Cockermouth. Adam Clarke added the other, and the Gunners could afford the luxury of a Tom Lucock penalty miss.
Carlisle City were awarded a walkover at Penrith Saints.