St Benedict's are breathing a bit easier this week after taking a big step towards retaining their North One West status.

They are now 14 points clear of the relegation zone and a home win tomorrow over struggling Altrincham Kersal should just about see them safe.

Club stalwart Colin Murdock said: “The 33-20 win at bottom side Eccles was very important last week and should just give us the impetus we need.

“Four of the five teams below us in the table all lost and the other, Leigh, didn’t play.”

Will Aspatria be joining them next season in the higher flight?

They are one point behind De La Salle and 11 behind champions elect Carlisle.

But tomorrow could be a key day as De La Salle visit Carlisle while Aspatria go to fifth-placed Oldham.

It’s a potential banana skin for the Black Reds as last week Oldham put over 50 points on Workington at the Ellis.

Now the Zebras are going down, but a week earlier had drawn at home to Hawcoat Park, so the big win by Oldham was perhaps an indication they are capable of springing a surprise against the Black Reds.

Workington, who are 19 points from safety with five games to play, are going back to the Cumbria League which is a disappointment.

Tomorrow, they travel to Littleborough who came close to upsetting Carlisle last week before going down 29-23.

Silloth are level on points with the Zebras at the bottom but have a worse scoring differential, so they too are bound for the Cumbria League.

They host Bolton tomorrow, and the Lancashire side seem to have a big variation in how they perform home and away.

In the Cumbria League, leaders Keswick won well 29-7 at home to Egremont last week and tomorrow make the long trek to Furness.

Carlisle Crusaders have a tasty home game with Whitehaven who are pushing for the promotion play-off place.

Cockermouth host Moresby while St Benedict’s Ravens entertain Windermere.

Egremont host Millom tonight with the fixture having been changed to a 7:15pm kick-off under the Bleach Green floodlights.