HALTWHISTLE Jubilee extended their lead to six points at the top of Northern Alliance Division Two.

The League leaders moved on to 33 points after a 4-1 win away to fourth-bottom Gateshead Redheugh 1957.

After a slow start, the Jubes got into their stride to seal the win, and regain momentum after the disappointment of the previous week, when their match against Ellington was abandoned in the 64th minute, with Haltwhistle leading by five goals.

But Cameron Bell’s team – the joint highest scorers in Division Two – had no problem finding the net once again.

Striker Kieran Robley gave the visitors an 18th minute lead, but Gateshead pegged them back with an equaliser on 35 minutes.

Evergreen midfielder Mark Robson has been Haltwhistle’s influential skipper during their rise from Sunday league football to the third tier of the Northern Alliance.

And it was the captain who ensured Gateshead’s equaliser was short-lived, as he fired Haltwhistle 2-1 up on 37 minutes.

The second half saw the Jubes add two further goals, courtesy of Paul Wilson and Jack Barker.

Despite the scoreline, Bell said his side had to work hard for their victory.

“It was certainly a battle, but we stood up to the task and won a physical game,” he said. “It was far from a classic but nevertheless we picked up the points.”

Robson was awarded man of the match.

Haltwhistle will travel to Premier Division side AFC New Fordley in the quarter-finals of the George Dobbins League Cup, on Saturday.