Durham and Northumberland Division One
League leaders Alnwick have a three-point cushion at the top after a 31-19 home victory over Consett – their fourth win on the bounce since defeat at title rivals Guisborough.
And for the first time in many weeks, the North Yorkshire challengers, also winners at the weekend 52-26 against Blyth, don’t have a game in hand.
If the Northumbrians win their two remaining ties then they will be league champions and promoted to North One East.
They are already guaranteed a second-place finish, with Stockton 22 points back in third, which would see them into the promotion play-off for the second season in a row.
Last year, Alnwick lost by just two points in a 16-18 defeat to Yorkshire’s Keighley in the play-off so this year will want to book their place by becoming champions.
This coming Saturday, Alnwick travel to lowly Sunderland, bottom of the league with no wins or draws this season.
In the final round of matches the week after, the Northumbrians are away again, at Medicals, who they beat 48-11 at home early on in the season.
Rivals Guisborough’s hopes rest on a trip to Ryton followed by a final home clash with Acklam.