A half-time announcement by the Blue Sox directors to the fans pledged that the debt-ridden club would not be allowed to fold. Instead there could be a merger or voluntary relegation to the Northern Ford Premiership to reduce costs.
Gateshead Thunder overcame the loss of their captain, Kerrod Walters, and playmaker Willie Peters to run out 26-18 winners over Sheffield Eagles to record their seventh win.
They announced after the game that Walters, a former Australian Test hooker, would not be returning to Tyneside. The 31-year-old has flown back home for what Thunder's chief executive Shane Richardson described as "personal reasons".
Walters' wife was seriously injured in a road accident on holiday in Thailand three weeks ago but Richardson said that was not the only factor.Reuse content