....by beating Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-0 at the Brewery Field.
They took the lead on 11 minutes with a powerful low right foot shot by Mark Davison into the bottom corner, and then on 29 minutes Bobby Moore headed the second.
Moors played some good football and created several more good chances, but Norton keeper James Howarth pulled off a string of good saves, while Gavin Cogdon also hit the bar. Norton though battled hard throughout the game.
Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said: "I don't think the pitch helped us tonight as it was a laboured performance. Saying that it was a clean sheet and three points -- we move on to Durham on Saturday."
Norton manager Andy Campbell said: "I'm gutted with the result, but they are the champions elect and we worked tehm really hard. Everyone thought we were going to lose 6 or 7-0, but we dug in and played really well throughout the game."
West Auckland Town beat Hebburn Town 4-1 at Darlington Road to go third in the table.
They took the lead after 31 minutes when Mattie Moffat picked up a loose ball and scored from a tight angle 25 yards out, and then Richie Paxton beat two men and fired the second from the edge of the box.
Moffat set up John Campbell to score third before the break, and on 74 minutes Stuart Nicholson crossed for Stephen Forster to pull a goal back. Paul Garthwaite added the fourth on 75 minutes after Moffat beat two men.
Hebburn manager Paul Bennett said: "We were out ran, outfought, and outplayed. We were lucky to come away with only 4-1. To say that I'm embarrassed is an understatement."
West Auckland manager Peter Dixon said: "Our performance just goes to show that we're capable of playing well. The players pick and choose their moments."
Durham City had their best win of the season, beating South Shields 6-1 at New Ferens Park to go three points clear of the relegation zone in seventh bottom.
Jonny Wightman gave Shields the lead with a 20 yarder, but Gary Shaw slid the ball home for the equalizer.
Conor Winter finished off a good move to put Durham into the lead, and then Scott Fenwick headed the third just before half time.
Fenwick got a fourth soon after the restart, Winter chipped the keeper for the fifth, and James Oates finished off the scoring from a corner.
Durham manager Adam Furness said: "I'm delighted with the result and performance overall. We remained calm when going a gaol down early on and continued to play our football for an important three points."
Consett beat Guisborough Town 1-0 at Belle Vue, sub Matthew Slocombe scoring the goal that mattered from a Michael Mackay cross from the left after 44 minutes.
Guisborough manager Chris Hardy said: "It proved to be a very frustrating evening for lots of different reasons, most of all a very under par performance from the lads."
Consett manager Kenny Lindoe said: "We're pleased to bounce back after the disappointment of Saturday. It was a tight game but they didn't create anything and we could have scored another late on."
In the Second Division, Darlington RA dropped two points in their promotion campaign when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Birtley Town.
Steve Cheeseman gave them the lead, but Matthew Hornsby equalized.
Darlington RA manager Nick Harrison said: "We took our foot off the pedal for 20 minutes and were punished."
Birtley manager Scott Oliver said: "A hard working display and an important point. We are rebuilding. I was pleased with many parts of our game."
Crook are joint second after they came from behind to win 3-2 at Whickham, who led with goals by Jordan Larty and Abu Salim.
Warren Byrne pulled a goal back on 46 minutes, Chris Wallace levelled on 58 with a great volley, and Byrne scored the winner with a header with just four minutes left.
Crook manager Gary Pearson said: "Credit to Whickham who could have taken all three points, and credit to our keeper Baz Poskett who made three important saves at crucial stages of the game, It was a game of two halves if ever there was one."
Seaham Red Star are fourth after beating Washington 2-0, and manager Mark Collingwood said: "We defended well and scored two great goals. We have passed last season's points total already, so progression has been made."
Jarrow Roofing are fifth after beating Stokesley SC 3-0.
Stokesley assistant-manager Chris Lax said: "Jarrow thoroughly deserved the win, however we had four one-on-ones and didn't take them. In any league you must convert these to stand a chance of winning games."
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