The only Tyneside Amateur League game to beat the weather on Saturday saw third placed North Shields Athletic Reserves up against Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves, who sat 11th at the start of the day.
A tight but high quality first half ended goalless, with Lindisfarne custodian Andrew Toothill performing admirably in making several saves.
It took until the final 15 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, as the ball dropped to Harry Johnson, who lashed it into the net to give Athletic the lead.
As the game became feisty in the late stages, Shields had a penalty claim turned down before, with the visitors chasing the equaliser and pushing men forward, the hosts countered and their captain and player-manager Leeroy Odd squared the ball across the box for Rob Stephenson to slot home at the far post.
The victory, their fourth in succession in the league and ninth in 11 outings, moves Shields to the top of the table, two points clear of Bedlington Juniors and West Jesmond.