So the champagne went flat for Shildon. A 1-1 draw at Bedlington Terriers was not enough to end the 75-year wait for a sixth Northern League title.
Marske United are therefore the champions, Shildon worthy runners-up. Commiserations to the home town team of Pete Sixmsith and Monsieur Salut and let us see in due course what Sixer made of his disappointing night in SE Northumberland (our deputy editor, Malcolm Dawson, was there, too, and his summary appears below in Comments). . And congratulations to Marske.
Better news from Leicester where Sunderland’s grim predicament near the fit of the Premier at least got no worse, City beaten 3-1 by champions-to-be Chelsea after leading at half time.
Now for Southampton on Saturday …