CRAIG Hopwood fired in a late penalty as Blyth Town halted a run of defeats this afternoon, writes Jon Tait.
But Town were made to work for the win by battling basement side Murton, who went ahead through Anthony Dobell in the 12th minute.
Daniel Beresford levelled things up before the break and Carl Hetherington turned the game around with a second in the 55th minute.
Just four minutes later Dobell added his double to restore parity.
Blyth, who saw another youngster that has progress through the ranks, Gavin Agnew, come off the bench and put in a good performance won it when Graeme Heath was sent tumbling in the box in the 82nd minute and Hopwood dispatched from 12 yards.
Percy Main and Rutherford have been looking over their shoulders and shared a point that edges them further away from the danger zone.
Kyle Houshby helped on a Tony Abladey cross and Kevin Westphal pounced to fire the Villagers ahead but Andy Reay smashed in a Graham Trouten cross at the back post to level.
Hebburn Reyrolle left it late to see off Harraby CC, with Ray Oshin netting a hat-trick.
Oshin poked in from eight yards to put Reyrolle ahead but they were pegged back when Dean Armstrong chipped in the leveller from the angle of the box.
Matty Bell slotted home to put the Cumbrians ahead and there were just five minutes remaining when Lady Luck deserted them.
A defender got the last touch on a scramble in the box and although the ball was hooked clear, the assistant indicated that it had crossed the line.
Oshin claimed the matchball with two more in the 89th and 90th minutes.
GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP, ROUND FOUR
Ashington Colliers hot-shot David Brown also hit a treble as they beat Heddon 5-1 to go into the semi-final of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.
Brown opened things up and although Kevin Urwin levelled, the second half belonged to Ashington.
Brown added two more and he was joined on the scoresheet by Wyn Fremlin and Andrew Carr.
They will face Wallington for a shot at the silverware after the First Division side dumped out Stocksfield.
Dan Thompson hit a double with Jordan Nellis getting the other in a surprise extra time victory. Eddie Brazier was on target for the Griffins.
Lee Garwood slotted a last-gasp winner for Wallsend Town as they kept their promotion push on track at Cramlington Town.
Derek Thompson’s opener for Wallsend was cancelled out by Kevin Long, but Craig Burke soon netted to regain the Wallsend advantage.
James Heathcote equalised right on half-time and the game was in its final minute when Garwood grabbed the glory.
Morpeth SC’s Michael Starkey cancelled out an opener from Newcastle Uni’s Rishi Dhand and it also finished all square at Newcastle Chemfica, who had Craig Robinson hit the net while Steven Hart scored for Cullercoats.
Forest Hall picked up a good point at Bohemians, with Matthew Smith and Dan Sherliker the marksmen while Matty Atkin and Dan Child struck in reply.
Leaders Red House Farm’s Michael Armstrong struck twice as they cruised to a 4-2 win at New Fordley.
Lee Brady and Stephen Buzzeo got the others and Louis Boddy hit a double in reply.
Wallsend Boys Club went down to a surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Swalwell. Goals from Andrew Robertson and Steve McCabe weren’t enough as Mick Bell, Adam MacVickers and Chris Smith all netted for the Swifts.
Harton & Westoe were also dealt a blow as John Dewhurst struck twice for visitors Whickham Lang Jacks. Ben Howell got the other with Owen Peterson notching a consolation.
Goals from Gareth Hayton and Andy Hall gave Alston a good win on the road at Willington Quay Saints and 10-man Wideopen took a point off Seaton Burn.
Leigh Shickle gave them an early lead that was cancelled out by David Hewitt, but Andrew Shaw restored the advantage. Chris Baker grabbed the second leveller.
Pin Point Recruitment Northern Football Alliance results
(Saturday, January 28, 2012)
Blyth Town 3 Murton 2
Carlisle City v Seaton Delaval Ams pp
Heaton Stannington v Killingworth Sporting pp
Hebburn Reyrolle 4 Harraby CC 2
Percy Main Ams 1 Gateshead Rutherford 1
Shankhouse v Ponteland United pp
Cramlington Town 2 Wallsend Town 3
Bohemians 2 Forest Hall 2
Morpeth SC 1 Newcastle Uni 1
Newcastle Chemfica Ind 1 Cullercoats 1
Alnwick Town Res v Bedlington Terriers Res pp
Harton & Westoe 1 Whickham Lang Jacks 3
Hexham v North Shields Ath pp
New Fordley 2 Red House Farm 4
Northbank v Cramlington United pp
Wallsend BC 2 Swalwell 3
Wideopen 2 Seaton Burn 2
Willington Quay Saints 0 Alston 2
KICKS LEISURE GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP, ROUND FOUR
Ashington Colliers 5 Heddon 1
Stocksfield 1 Wallington 3 (aet)