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THE result of Seaham Red Star’s last game of the season at Jarrow Roofing tonight will decide who definitely wins promotion to the Ebac Northern League First Division.

Crook Town and Ryhope CW have finished in the top two places but there is a possibility that the Wearsiders will be denied promotion which could result in the fourth-placed team going up.

But neither Jarrow nor Morpeth Town are leaving anything to chance as the pair go head-to-head to end in third place.

Roofing are currently third, two points better off than their rivals. The sides have an identical goals difference and both play their final game tonight when Morpeth travel to Brandon United.

Jarrow though will pip them for the prize if they defeat Seaham who will be fighting for all three points which could guarantee them a top 10 finish and qualification for next season’s FA Cup.

Sunderland RCA, meanwhile, will be almost certainly relegated from Division One if Newcastle Benfield take just one point from their fixture with Penrith. They would then be on 44 points, six ahead of RCA who have two games to play. The Wearsiders, however, have an inferior goal difference.

Benfield, who will also have two fixtures to fulfill after tonight’s game, could find it difficult at Penrith who are ending the season as one of the in-form sides.

They became the first team in four seasons to complete the double over Spennymoor Town when they won with an only goal at the Brewery Field on Monday night and will be difficult opponents on home soil.

Whatever happens tonight, though, RCA are the favourites to return to the Second Division following two seasons in the top flight.

West Auckland Town, meanwhile, need nothing short of a win in the localderby with Shildon if they are to have any chance of clinching third spot ahead of Whitley Bay.