The Hinton Hornets claimed a big scalp as they moved further inside the top five of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League D-grade competition.
The Hornets accounted for the second-placed Karuah 36-26 at home on Sunday and earned outright fourth on the ladder in the process.
The Hornets (8) now trail Karuah (10) by two points, with leaders Williamtown (12) and Gloucester (9), both round seven winners on the weekend, making up the other main premiership contenders.
Twenty points to Hinton centres, the Frost brothers Josh (four) and Will (16), were instrumental in the hosts’ victory with two tries and six goals between them.
Halfback Nathan Bradbury, hooker Jacob Watson, lock Ky Percival and replacement Tony Clifford made it six tries for Hinton.
Also in D-grade the Clarence Town Cobras (6) knocked off Kotara (5) to jump into fifth on the overall standings with a 30-24 result produced at home on Sunday.
The five individual try scorers for the hosts were fullback Buddy Whaleboat, centres James Foot and Bradley Johnston, lock Kieran Hinton and off the bench Bryce Jarman.
Abermain (5) were beaten 26-16 by D-grade frontrunners Williamtown at Hexham on Saturday, while the winless Woodberry (0) gave third-placed Gloucester a run for their money but were eventually defeated 34-28 at Fred Harvey Oval on Saturday.
In the C-grade local derby, Dungog (8) earned bragging rights over Paterson River (2) with a 20-6 away victory on Saturday, including a double to Warriors centre Chris Evans, while league leaders Raymond Terrace (10) were upset 28-20 by Stroud (4) at home on Saturday.
The Magpies have been joined at the top by Thornton Beresfield (10), who demolished pointless Carrington 50-12 at Connolly Park on Sunday, with doubles going to Bears fullback Jody Hadfield, centre Robert Page and substitute Joel Fullick while prop Shannon Weeks kicked seven goals.
Waratah Mayfield (8) won the other C-grade fixture 60-22 against Lambton (6).
B-grade winners were the Cessnock Cutters, West Wallsend, Dora Creek and first-placed Newcastle University.
And in A-grade newcomers West Maitland (6) upset two-time defending premiers Wallsend Maryland (8) 32-26 at Coronation Oval on Sunday with five-eight Luke Davies and lock Ben Simon nabbing two tries apiece while centre Tom Cremona and hooker James Fraser scored singles.
East Maitland (6) weren’t as fortunate in A-grade beaten 28-6 by third-placed Windale (10) at Windale on Saturday while Belmont Souths (12) and Dudley (11) confirmed their top two positions with 48-18 and 46-20 victories against Shortland (10) and Cardiff (4) respectively.