Ryhope are Champions but will Alnwick be next?

In north-east England’s biggest game of the day, Ryhope Colliery Welfare won their third trophy of the season, a one-all draw at Easington enough to guarantee them top spot in the Wearside League. The home team’s equalising goal and New Marske’s shock 2-1 home defeat by bottom of the table Coxhoe means Easington can officially clinch second place and promotion back to the Northern League with a point at home to Cleator Moor Celtic on Wednesday night (7.30pm start). New Marske now trail by six points and a vastly inferior goal difference, and require the kind of miracle that only a Far East betting syndicate could ever pull off.

A 4-1 home win over Charity Cup winners Stocksfield enabled Alnwick Town to regain first place in the Northern Alliance Premier after Ponteland United could only manage a 1-1 draw at Gateshead Rutherford. Three points at Heaton Stannington on Wednesday would guarantee Alnwick the title. Anything less and it goes to the final day, when Alnwick host Heaton and Ponteland are at home to Blyth Town.

Finally, there were more celebrations at Hillheads as Whitley Bay ‘A’ joined champions Hebburn Reyrolle in next season’s Alliance Premier. A 6-1 win over Heddon left Bay with an unassailable ten point lead over Amble United with just three games left to play. At midday tomorrow the first team will be parading the FA Vase around the town for a third successive year.

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