IN A pulsating finish to the game that decided which club would avoid relegation to Division 2, the Hawks were inches away from securing the four points to keep them in Division 1 next season in the final minutes of the game at Corbridge on Saturday.
The Hawks had the better of a strong breeze at kick-off but it was the home side who started with all guns blazing.
In the first five minutes they gained some useful quality possession which they quickly used to put wing Sep Vasser and flanker Matt Charters away down the left wing to beat the Hawks defence on the outside to what appeared to be successful attempts to score tries. However, on each occasion the assistant referee flagged for a foot in touch.
The Hawks recovered from this onslaught and with some useful kicking by fly-half James Comben to make use of the favourable wind play went into the Tynedale half.
The home side, on receipt of these clearance kicks, helped to put the Hawks back in the game by punting the ball back to them. The Hawks made use of forward drives to establish themselves in Tynedale territory.