Killingworth YPC moved themselves away from the bottom of the table with two wins in four days.
Firstly a brace from Johnny Forster saw them past Wardley – who netted through Chris Gray – and they then beat in-form Ponteland United Reserves 1-0, with Kyle Stocks netting the only goal.
Newcastle East End also celebrated six points in the week, winning 3-1 at Blyth Town Development with Dean Bell, Derek Lowson and Jamie Richardson on target, Joe McDonnell netting the Blyth consolation. East End then travelled to Wardley and returned on the right end of a 3-0 verdict, with Mark Watson joining Lowson and Bell on the scoresheet this time.
The situation at the top of the league took a twist in midweek as Forest Hall YPC recovered from a 2-0 half-time deficit to beat leaders Bedlington Juniors 3-2. Dean Fitch and Andy McLennan netted for Bedlington before the break, but a stirring comeback saw Matthew Smith and Michael Sutcliffe level the scores before James Milner struck the winner.
That gave North Shields Athletic Reserves hope of overhauling Karl Porter’s men on Saturday, but a thrilling match saw Bedlington run out winners by the odd goal in seven to go four points clear at the top. Trae Rowlandson was the hero for the hosts as he netted a hat-trick, with McLennan again on target, whilst Shields’ talisman Leeroy Odd bagged a brace and Johnny Tait also scored.
One point separates Newcastle East End in third and Forest Hall YPC in seventh. Fourth-placed Ponteland United Reserves had picked up three points in midweek when a brace from Daniel Mupungu and a sole strike from Connor Brumwell saw them past Monkseaton FC A, while Gosforth Bohemian Reserves lost ground as Newbiggin Hall held them to a 1-1 draw – Louis Lawson and Nathan Lowdon the goalscorers.
Sixth-ranked West Jesmond then beat Bohemians, just one point and one spot above them, 3-2 on Saturday. James Dixon netted twice and Kester Young also scored for Jesmond, while Paul Dixon and Matthew Thompson countered for Gosforth.
Forest Hall missed the chance to go clear in third as they lost 4-2 to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves. Scott Fothergill, Steven Cain, Lee Peacock and Ryan Latimer scored for Ryton, with Alan Kelly and James Flatman the Forest Hall marksmen.
Newcastle Chemfica Reserves picked up a rare win in midweek as a goal from James Nowosielski saw them past Newcastle Medicals, but returned to earth on Saturday as goals from Carl Flogel and Phoenix Telfer earned Monkseaton FC A the points, despite a strike from Phil Leonard.
The final fixture of the week saw Stobswood Welfare beat Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves 3-2 in an always well-contested affair. Strikes from Sean Anderson and Jacob Baker (2) had Stobswood three goals to the good, but Ryton refused to give up and a brace from Chris Henderson kept Welfare honest to the end.