One more victory and Horden are champions

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VICTORY at Gosforth this Saturday will guarantee Horden the league title.

The colliery side, fresh from thumping Bishop Auckland 47-3 at the weekend, lead second-placed Guisborough by seven points in Durham and Northumberland Division One with only two games left.

Bishops actually opened the scoring with a penalty after five minutes, but Jones replied with two penalties to put Horden 6-3 up and then added the conversion after the visitors conceded a penalty try for a collapsed scrum.

Horden made it 18-3 when good play by Turton, Bains and Oliver put Stables away and the young winger rounded his opposite number to score in the corner.

The lead was increased to 23-3 after half-time when Bishops were shunted off a scrum in their own 22 for flanker Steven Heckles to score from short range.

Andrew Turner broke through some weak tackling to create the next score, putting skipper Michael Thubron galloping over from 15 metres, with Jones converting.

Bains and Turner set up David Heckles to make it 37-3, but it was one of Turner’s last contributions as he came off with a cut eye.

Stables outpaced the defence to take Horden past 40 points and 17-year old Chrissy Wood showed good strength to force his way over for the final score following a good break by Luke Watson.