Northumberland 2 were mathematically relegated as they were beaten 4-1 by Sunderland.
The Jesmond youngsters have shown promise this season. They picked up a solitary win at Sunderland in the first half, and the scoreline on Thursday night did not give justice to a spirited performance that saw them pick up seven points.
The Mackems ended a eight game losing streak. They would have been pleased with their evenings work until they saw the scoreline from Gosforth…
Northern 2 put together yet another impressive performance to take 17 points from their 3-2 win against Newbiggin, to all but close out the relegation battle for this season.
They are over 30 points clear of the drop, albeit having played an extra game then their rivals. Northumberland 2 can no longer stage a comeback, 85 points behind with four games remaining.
Sunderland sit 33 behind, and if they are to make any late surge they will have to beat the Gosforth side convincingly when the two sides face off next week.
At the other end of the table, it was more good news for Northern.
Their Firsts opened up a 12 point lead at the top of the table, taking 18 points from their trip to Tynemouth.
Rivals Newcastle University do have a game in hand, but have seen a surprising downturn in form recently, losing their last two outings.
The smart money is probably still on the students, as they have the easier run-in, but it is a much tighter title race then looked likely at Christmas.
Northern 1’s improvement has been typified by youngster Adam Goad, who is unbeaten since the December break, as are his side.
Next week sees more crucial fixtures at both ends of the table.
Next weeks fixtures:
Sunderland 1 v Northern 2
Newbiggin 1 v Newcastle University 1
Westoe 1 v Tynemouth 1
Northern 1 v Northumberland 1