CAMPION'S horrible season in the NWCFL First Division North ended with a thumping 7-1 defeat at Cleator Moor Celtic.

Fortunately, they still finished above the relegation zone by just a point, but it is a disappointment given they were targeting promotion at the start of the campaign, following their sideways move over from the NCEL.

Patrick Sykes actually headed the Red and Blacks in front from a corner in the opening minute, but Brad Tatton repeated the same move to draw the Celts level just moments later.

Tom Mahone, Jamie Glover and Callum Birdsall put Cleator 4-1 up by the break, and the latter added a second to make it five just before the hour mark.

Just as Campion thought they had stemmed the bleeding, they conceded twice in the final few minutes, to Kieran Maguire and Jay Wetherill.

Ilkley Town guaranteed their survival in the division by beating play-off side AFC Blackpool 2-0, while Steeton ended their season in style, finishing 12th in the 19-team league after winning 4-2 against Bacup Borough.

Kayle Price scored twice in the second half to help wrap up the win, after earlier goals from Jerry White, his first for Steeton on his final appearance before retirement, and Andy Briggs.

In the NCEL Premier Division, Eccleshill United need a win in their final game this coming weekend at rock-bottom Athersley Recreation to guarantee a top-two finish and a shot at promotion after blowing a 2-0 lead at high-flying Penistone Church.

Alex Laird and Zack Sangster put them two in front at the break, but Penistone hit back by netting twice in the second half to snatch a point.

Both Garforth Town and Winterton Rangers can steal second if Eccleshill drop points at Athersley.

Albion Sports dropped back into the bottom two, where they are liable for relegation, after losing 3-2 at newly-crowned champions Grimsby Borough.

Amir Berchil scored both of Albion's goals, as they were overtaken in the table by Hemsworth Miners Welfare, who won 4-0 against Bottesford Town.

Albion host Silsden on Wednesday night in their crucial game in hand, while the Sils now cannot finish any higher than 12th, after they lost 1-0 at home to mid-table rivals Goole on Saturday.

Liversedge stayed top of the NPL East Division on goal difference without even playing, after title rivals Marske United could only draw 1-1 against Hebburn Town.

Mid-table home side Brighouse Town were given a bit of a scare by relegation haunted Lincoln United, but late goals from Laurence Sorhaindo and Jack Boyle, following the former's opener after only 12 seconds, secured a 3-2 win.

Brighouse visit Bridlington Town tomorrow night in another league encounter.

In National League North, Guiseley remain two points off safety in the sole relegation spot after a 2-0 defeat at Chorley, with second-bottom Farsley Celtic losing 3-1 at Fylde.

The two West Yorkshire rivals take each other on in an enormous game at the bottom at The Citadel tomorrow night.