Alnwick Town’s recent run of bad form continued, as they fell to a 4-1 derby defeat at Morpeth Town last night in Northern League Division Two.
It was the St James’ Park side’s third straight loss; a string of results which has seen them fall back into the relegation zone.
The black ‘n’ whites are now three points behind Esh Winning – who moved out of the bottom two on Tuesday night thanks to a 4-2 victory over Whickham – and have played a game more.
And with matches against high-flying Ryhope CW and Jarrow Roofing still to come, Alnwick have it all to do if they are to climb out of the drop zone.
For fifth-placed Morpeth, the result ended a run of four matches without a victory and gets their promotion charge back on track.
The Craik Park side went 2-0 up before Alnwick pulled one back.
But two further goals from the Highway Men ensured Morpeth came away with maximum points.
Alnwick travel to Chester-Le-Street on Saturday before hosting Ryhope CW on Tuesday night.