Hurworth are in pole position, needing only 5 VP’s from their final match with Brunton to secure the title, Darlington have played well all season and made it a true 3-way fight for the championship this year, and they still have a mathematical chance of winning if results are perfect for them. At the other end of the table, Whitley Bay/Tynemouth will play Durham in the final match, with the winners very likely to avoid relegation. Wearside will need to upset the form book against Darlington to avoid an immediate return to division B.
Brunton B and Morpeth are assured of promotion, and will fight out the title in their final match.
South Shields and Durham play each other in the final match, with another ‘winner stays up’ scenario likely.
Bishop Auckland have had a tremendous season, winning all their matches to secure the title with a match to spare. Stockton need 9 points from their final match to be certain to join them in Division B. The other 4 teams are covered by only 3 points and will be involved in a fight to avoid relegation. The winners of the Whitley Bay v Ryton match are likely to secure their place in the division for another year.
Nothing is decided in this division, with a very close 3-way fight for the title and promotion between Hartlepool, Newcastle, and Cramlington. The pivotal match in round 5 will be between Hartlepool and Newcastle.
Brunton C are assured of promotion, and likely to win the division. Alnwick will join them if they achieve a positive result in their last match. Any of the 4 remaining teams could still be relegated, but Darlington C are in the best position of the four, and Durham C the most precarious!
Despite their setback in round 4, Wearside B need just 5 points from their final match to secure the title and promotion.
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