A late Luke Fowden try earned Fylde a narrow victory over Bishop’s Stortford as they continue to try and fight for survival in National One.
Fowden’s touchdown two minutes from time condemned Stortford to their first defeat since the beginning of October as the division’s bottom club hit back to move to within 10 points of safety.
It was a good weekend for Caldy and Loughborough Students down at the wrong end of the table as both sides secured victories to move away from trouble while Rosslyn Park dropped into the bottom three after defeat against the league leaders Coventry.
Rowland Winter’s side are now 12 points clear at the summit after their 13th straight win while second placed Darlington Mowden Park left it late to beat Ampthill & District.
Elsewhere in National One, Plymouth Albion returned to winning ways against Hull Ionians, Blackheath edged out Cambridge and Old Elthamians produced an excellent display to beat Birmingham Moseley.
Rosslyn Park 13-43 Coventry
Coventry put in a superb second half display to extend their National One winning run thanks to a bonus-point victory over Rosslyn Park.
The league leaders were behind early on as Hugo Ellis opened the scoring for Park, but tries from Tom Emery and Rob Knox edged Cov ahead at the break.
With the score at 14-13, the visitors then pulled away after half-time.
Scott Tolmie, Anthony Matoto, Olly Povoas, Brett Daynes and Tom Kessell all crossed in the second period as Coventry moved 12 points clear at the summit.
Darlington Mowden Park 21-15 Ampthill and District
A late Adam Radwan try saw Darlington Mowden Park snatch victory away from Ampthill and District at the Northern Echo Arena.
Radwan touched down to put the hosts ahead after just five minutes, only for Ampthill wing Sam Baker to hit back.
However, a penalty try, a close range score and Luke Frost’s effort put the Students three points in front after the restart.
Another penalty stretched their advantage to 13 points and despite Esher crossing for their fifth try of the afternoon, Loughborough wrapped up their fourth win from their last five matches as they scored late on.
Caldy 21-0 Old Albanian
Caldy picked up their second home win on the spin as they cruised to victory over Old Albanian at Paton Field.
Harrison Crowe got the first try of the afternoon before Nick Royle and Gavin Roberts sealed the win for the Wirral side who are now four points clear of the relegation places while OAs are eight from safety.