With no first team fixture for Rockcliff the focus was on the Vikings, who faced Northumberland River Aln League leaders Medicals who they had lost 67-12 to just a few weeks ago.
The signs looked ominous as the visitors caught Rockcliff cold, running in three tries in the first ten minutes and giving Gary Lewis’ side a mountain to climb.
Vikings responded in style, and it was Lewis who led the way as he touched down for Rockcliff’s opening try.
Thomas Dawson was next to score and he was followed onto the score sheet by the versatile Josh Donnelly, who earned the man of the match award.
The ever reliable Chris Forster notched three penalties and a conversion, and as the game drew to a close, Rockcliff were leading 26-20 and were looking good for the money, but a late converted try by Medicals saw them edge back in front and close the game out with a one point lead.
Meanwhile Rockcliff’s challenge for promotion from Durham and Northumberland Division 2 was under pressure as second and third placed Ryton and Sunderland both won, and Ryton now trail the Red and Golds by two points, and Sunderland by four.
Next week Rockcliff are at home to Ashington.