NEW BRIGHTON let a 16-0 interval advantage slip away as they suffered a tenth reverse in National Three North league at the hands of Tynedale.
It finished 20-16 for the home outfit who were completing a double after a single point success on the Wirral in 0ctober.
Ian Murray gained a try for the Blues, converted by Anthony Birley who also hit three penalties. Tynedale replied with four penalties, a drop goal and a try.
Birkenhead Park, after a run of five victories in North One, found champions-elect Bradford and Bingley too strong and with a below strength side crashed 40-0.
There was much to applaud about the Park play at times but they could not break down a tough home defence and in the end conceded six tries, five of which were converted.
Chester's poor run continued with a 24-16 reverse at Sheffield but they remain comfortably placed in mid-table.
Caldy put themselves in line for a North Two West promotion play-off place with a 33-17 success against Winnington Park.
Mark Broadhurst, Matt Bennett and Phil Wood gained tries and Marcus Coast kept the scoreboard ticking with three conversions, three penalties and a drop goal.
John Evans and Stan Barker crossed for Park with Ben Barton adding both goals and a penalty.
Aspull achieved a 19-15 success at home to Wigton.
Anselmians gained a much needed 42-22 success at Warrington in South Lancashire/Cheshire One to boost survival hopes.
There were touchdowns for Peter Collins, Andy Clarke, Nick O'Shea and Anthony Evans. Neil Turner put over a drop goal and Clarke five penalties and two conversions.
Wirral had no luck in the Isle of Man where they failed 24-19 after leading 19-3 with first-half wind advantage.
Ryan Harvey, Shaun Kay and Alistair Baker crossed and Jim Yarranton goaled twice.
Promotion rivals Leigh and Bowden shared a 17-17 draw. Wigan saw off Northwich 39-12 and Southport edged out Birchfield 30-27.
Hoylake worked hard for a 15-13 vic-tory at Orrell Anvils and need one more win to ensure the title.
Steve Butterworth and Simon Robinson went in and Steve Young added a conversion and a penalty. But the Anvils almost snatched it in a frantic finale.
Ormskirk beat Oldershaw 16-6 thanks to a Kieran Mayhood try and a conversion, two penalties and a drop goal by Martin Emmett. Mike Chapman hit a brace of penalties for the losers.
St Edwards were edged out 20-17 by Ellesmere Port, while it was nip and tuck at Crewe and Nantwich where Ruskin Park finished 22-22.
Wallasey stepped nearer the Division Three title as they beat Marple 53-5.
Manchester Wanderers stayed second with a 30-0 score against Prenton. Collegiate also had a similar 30-0 result at the expense of Congleton and Runcorn accounted for Douglas 25-17.
Sale Amateurs made sure of the Division Four title with a 43-0 success at Port Sunlight.
Parkonians still need points to secure the runners-up spot after going down 18-12 at home to Linley and Kidsgrove.
Oswestry kept up the pressure as they crushed Capenhurst 60-5. St Mary 's finished 35-5 to the good against Mossley Hill and Helsby beat Holmes Chapel 27-8.