BELFORD missed out on the chance to go top of the NNL first division when they were well beaten 5-0 at home by fellow title chasers Shilbottle on Saturday.
They fell behind to a Brad Wake goal after only six minutes, the visitors scoring a second just a minute before half-time. In the second half Shilbottle scored three more to complete a comfortable victory.
The bottom of the table derby clash between Berwick United and Tweedmouth Harrow saw the visitors take a 6-2 win which left United still looking for their first point of the season.
The Harrow were 4-0 up at half-time and added another twho in a more evenly contested second half.
Goalscorers for Tweedmouth were Michael Brown and Josh Dixon with two apiece, Andrew Burgon and Johnny Gill. Both United goals came from the boot of Shaun Walton.
Springhill won 5-2 at home to Rothbury and they are now just three points behind the leaders after winning four of their first six league matches.
Meanwhile, Newbiggin remained top of the pile with a 3-2 win over Red Row.
In the Robson Cup Bamburgh progressed with a 3-0 away win over Shilbottle Reserves.
In what was a good competitive match it was goalless at half-time, but Chris Dalton struck twice early in the second half, after 50 and 55 minutes, and after that the home side had a fight on their hands.
Gareth McCann completed the scoring when he added a third with virtually the last kick of the game.
Lowick had a good 6-2 away win against Alnmouth.
Tweedmouth Rangers also went through with a 4-1 away win over Wooler Reserves.
Peter McAskill was the main difference between the sides as he netted a hat-trick.
Lee Dodd added the fourth for Rangers with Jack Strangeways the scorer for Wooler.