WHITBY Maroons won their inevitable promotion on Saturday with a win over Seaham on a pitch that was a complete bog.
Houghton’s defeat means Whitby and North Shields both go up into Durham and Northumberland League Two and are now in a two-way tussle for the title.
Whitby are five points clear of Shields but the Tyne and Wear side have two games in hand and will leapfrog Maroons if they win them both.
Whitby have four league fixtures left.
Saturday’s game did not flow and could have easily been called off.
Seaham played with a lot of heart and pinned the Maroons back, slotting two early penalties to take the lead.
As the half drew to a close, a rare Whitby break led to Ed Richardson running across to score in the corner. Seaham led at the break 6-5.
The second half was played into the corner of the Seaham half as this was the boggiest area.
Seaham hit the self-destruct button as the Maroons put them under immense pressure.
From a charged down kick, scrum-half Phill Stentiford dived on the ball over the line to score a rare try. Ollie Roberts converted to put the league leaders in front.
Later on in the second half, Andrew Morley crossed the line to be ruled offside.
Whitby wrapped the game up from a penalty which James Gildroy smashed over from short range.
This was all Whitby’s scoring as they failed to land the bonus point.
Man of the match: Ed Richardson.
Seaham 9 Whitby Maroons 15