The Stateside handed out a five-goal warning to their rivals with Martin Herdman, Darren Pike, Kevin Eglon, Darren Watson and Steve Beckwith bagging the strikes in the 5-0 romp.

Darren Grimes increased his season's tally by another two goals when he helped see the Towneley Arms to a 5-2 home win against Station Ex Juniors.

Glenn Ferry, Shaun Little and Ivan Moxon notched the others as Scott Thompson responded with both of the Station goals.

Trevor White and Craig Morgan goals steered Blackhill Comrades to a 2-0 home success against Craghead.

It was much closer at the Lintz who were edged out by the odd goal in three by Leadgate Golden Lion. Craig Taylor and Mark Turner were the match winners with David Dorn netting for Lintz.

Lanchester Social kept their Division Two promotion bid on track when Lee McVittie struck a couple of crucial goals in their thrilling odd goal in seven win at Tantobie.

But it is Chopwell who remain on top - three points clear of Stanley Central - after four goals from Lee Fortunato saw them to a 6-0 home win over Annfield Plain Demi while Consett Top Club were not far behind with a 5-0 win at Oxhill Central.

In Division Three, a crucial Graham Baldridge hat-trick ensured a 3-2 home win for Freemasons against Delves United while the Smelters and Medomsley Miners shared four goals.