PONTELAND United need Heaton Stannington to do them a massive favour if they are to lift the Championship silverware.
United were leading 1-0 at Gateshead Rutherford thanks to a Dean Gate strike when they switched off just two minutes after the break.
A throw-in got Rutherford in behind, and when they ball was cut back from the touchline Robbie Frame was left with a tap-in.
That momentary lack of concentration means Alnwick need to beat Heaton either home or away – they face each other twice in this final week – to claim their tenth title.
Town went behind to Stocksfield at St James’s Park when Phil Murray netted for the Griffins.
Ben Keenan levelled things up, but Alnwick suffered a setback when they were reduced to ten men as Kev Elliot was sent-off.
David Davidson struck twice and Chris Moffat added the fourth in a strong second-half showing from the depleted black and whites.
David Dormand’s boots looked more like lead than gold as he fired one spot-kick over and had another saved for Shankhouse against Murton – but he still leads at the top of the scoring charts.
Anth Moran and Chris Rue did find the net before Paul Wintripp pulled one back and Dormand scored himself with just three minutes to go.
Harraby CC’s David Wallace headed them into an early lead at Cramlington Town and the Cumbrians never looked back as Mark Boyd volleyed in goal number two.
Assistant manager Darren Noctor bundled in a third and Mike Swift notched a penalty to complete the scoring.
David Atkinson, Craig Hopwood and Chris Lisle scored for Blyth Town as they returned to form at Carlisle City.
Ian Nicholls netted a late winner for Ashington Colliers at Heaton Stannington in a dress-rehearsal for the League Cup final.