WARK are deep in trouble in the Northern Alliance Division One after going down 5-1 at Seaton Delaval Amateurs, who had Steven Anderson (2), Craig Johnston, Craig Cook and Steven Howe on target.
Stocksfield are not out of the woods as they lost 2-1 at Shankhouse, Michael Bell and David Dormand netting before Wayne Stewart pulled one back.
Cramlington Town grabbed themselves a lifeline with a 3-2 win over Percy Main.
However, the bottom side did it the hard way after being three goals up at the break and were forced to sweat it out with just 10 men.
Gateshead Rutherford were left fuming as Alnwick Town nabbed a controversial winner which ensures they have to keep looking nervously at the table.
Tom Vickers had shot the black and whites ahead from the spot, but Kevin Hay equalised.
Then came the contentious moment. Swifts’ goalkeeper David Bebbington spilled a high ball out of his grasp.
He span to catch it as it dropped behind him, with the referee adjudging it had crossed the line.
Murton are also still in the relegation mix after crashing 5-2 at Harraby.