WESTOE’S relegation from National Two North was finally confirmed following Saturday’s 53-0 home loss to leaders Stourbridge.
A season of struggle for a youthful squad had picked up in recent months with improved results, but a five-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player and their early-season slump gave them too big a mountain to climb.
Table-toppers Stourbridge ran in eight tries on the day, all from different scorers, in a demonstration of the gap between the two sides – one which means Westoe will slide down to National Three North and set up a cross-Shields rivalry with Percy Park next term. At the other end of the table, Darlington Mowden Park stay third, losing 32-31 to second-placed Hull Ionians after missing a late penalty.
In National One, full-back Harry Mountain kicked a last-minute penalty to give Tynedale a 32-31 home win over Wharfedale.
Tyne had trailed at the break as former Westoe flanker Aaron Myers was among three Wharfedale try scorers – Jack Harrison and Hamish Smales replying.
Tries from Ben Frankland and Harry Peck kept them in with a shout as they still trailed going into the closing quarter, Smales’ second putting them a point ahead.
Thomas Barrett replied with a 78th-minute penalty as Wharfedale led once more in a see-saw encounter, but Mountain’s kick at the death sealed it for the Corbridge side.
Blaydon were beaten 34-27 at Rosslyn Park thanks to Sam Katz’s late try, Rob Bell having dotted down twice for the visitors in a game which saw them at least taking a pair of bonus points.
West Hartlepool’s relegation from National Three North was confirmed following their 18-5 defeat at fellow strugglers Birkenhead Park, Percy Park finishing fourth in their first season in the division after a 47-32 home win over Penrith.
Alnwick finally clinched automatic promotion from Durham and Northumberland One, their 28-10 triumph at Medicals keeping them out of Guisborough’s reach.