STOBSWOOD Welfare's Adam Shanks hit a double as they gave themselves a lifeline in the Northern Alliance Division One with a 2-1 result at South Shields United. Tijan Kah scored for United.
Meanwhile, Newcastle End edged away from the danger zone with a 2-1 triumph at Forest Hall.
Joel Murray scored for Forest Hall, but strikes from Andrew Graham and Paul Blakes gave East End three crucial points.
Heddon made leaders Hebburn Reyrolle work hard for the points in a promotion clash. Ray Oshin struck the only goal of the game in the 65th minute.
Whitley Bay A moved into second with a 5-0 demolition of North Shields Athletic, who have now crashed to the foot of the table.