THE Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League reached their Christmas break with most of the fixtures completed.
For the first time in four years, Burradon and New Fordley failed to regain the David Crichton Memorial Cup after losing 1-0 to Billy Mill.
However, they are still the side to beat in the premier division as they sit top of the table with Ashington Mortimer close behind.
Other sides in the division are capable of causing upsets against the top two.
Unfortunately, the premier lost another two sides after the season started. The Eagle, who has been members of the league for over 20 years, it was a sad day when they folded.
In addition, Whitley Bay Cibos, formally Red Lion Earsdon for many years, folded with lack of players.
Ashington Grand is at the top of division one with a six point advantage over Cowpen Percy Arms. The Grand will take some stopping, gaining two promotions since entering the league last season.
The Percy with a strong squad looks likely to gain promotion as well. South Beach Residents are just behind them, but need to gain points to catch them.
Whitley Bay Kittiwake and with two games in hand can move up to third. Blyth Seahorse could also move into the top four with games in hand.
New Delaval and Newsham find themselves at the bottom after having three points deducted and having played three games more than the sides above them.
Bay Horse Cramlington lead the race for promotion, with a two point advantage over Ashington Central who have been top of the pile for long periods.
However, North Shields Royal Arms are only six points behind the Bay Horse with four games in hand.
The chasing sides down to West Allotment in eighth place can move up to third if results go their way with the games they have in hand.
New boys AE Phoenix are still looking for their first points; however, they should hold their heads high.