Northern Alliance League

AT this stage last season, Harraby were all but written off and it looked like Wark were about to lift the title.

AT this stage last season, Harraby were all but written off and it looked like Wark were about to lift the title.

The Cumbrians still have six games to play and it is possible that they could produce another dramatic late surge.

But it looks more likely that they have done Alnwick Town a huge favour by consigning leaders Ponteland United to their fifth defeat.

Town celebrated as Scott McMullen’s free-kick hit the net to give them a late win at Percy Main Amateurs, which cut Pont’s lead at the top to a point.

Harraby trail Alnwick by 13 points with three games in hand on them.

But they were 3-0 up at half-time as Matthew Thompson drilled in from 16 yards, Mark Boyd crashed in a 30-yard free-kick and Steve Archibald completed a close-range finish. Ross Phillips headed in for United after the break.

Seaton Delaval Amateurs are going to run out of games to stake a title challenge, but have been on a fantastic run and they had Stephen Howes and Andy Johnson on target in a 2-1 win over Murton, who had Martyn Blenkinsopp level in between.

And Cramlington Town’s excellent late surge may have come too late to save them from relegation but they are ending on a high and beat Blyth Town 4-1 with goals from Simon Wilson (2), Kieran Parsons and Johnny Lowes.

Neil Blades netted for Blyth, whose goalkeeper David Hanson was carried off with a suspected dislocated elbow.

Stocksfield should be safe after goals from Ben Pearson, Martin Graham and a Steve Foster double saw them beat Walker Central 4-0 while Heaton Stannington won an exciting game 4-3 at Carlisle City.

Lawrence McKenna struck twice with Andrew Weeks and Adam Donaghey also netting for Heaton, while City had Styart Kilgour, Dan Gowith and a Shaun Backhouse own goal make up their tally.

Elliot Dixon and Paul Dunn gave Killingworth Sporting a two-goal lead against Ashington Colliers that was cancelled out by a Joe Moscrop double.

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