LEE Scott’s stunning third-minute volley into the roof of the net for Ashington Colliers in midweek left any of Amble United’s lingering title hopes on the rocks.
Colliers’ boss David Brown said it was like the Alamo after that as the Seasiders tried to get back into the game.
However, Derek Atwell’s side could still have a big say in where the silverware ends up as they visit leaders Heaton Stannington today.
Just two weeks ago this would have been a crunch game, but Heaton have been so ruthlessly efficient in wracking up the results they have now pulled 15 points clear of the Northumbrians, Jonathon Wright’s Wednesday night hat-trick securing the latest win against Carlisle City.
The Sky Blues are without goalkeeper Adam Bradley for the rest of the season due to a hand injury.
He will be replaced by Michael Ballantyne as they host Percy Main, while the Colliers are on the road in the opposite directions to visit Harraby United with Glen Bolton and Michael Hogg both unavailable, Simon Cunningham suspended and David Brown requiring a fitness test.
Killingworth Sporting still need two points to guarantee safety and they are without the suspended Anthony Burns and Callum Benson as they host Stocksfield.
Blyth Town’s unbeaten run is now 24 games and only they can put a spanner in Heaton Stannington’s back-to-back title works.
Malcolm Morien hit a treble in mid-week and Town will be looking for him to take that form into their tricky visit to Whitley Bay A.
Wallington’s Jordan Nellis hit another hat-trick as the Greens celebrated a spot in the Premier Division next term and they visit Newcastle Uni.