National Leagues: Weekend Wrap

Coventry take top spot 

A penalty from Will Maisey in added time helped Coventry move to the top of National One with a 30-27 win over Bishop's Stortford at Butts Park Arena.

James Stokes went over twice for Coventry to maintain their unbeaten start while newly promoted Bishop's Stortford will take a lot a of confidence from the result, giving Coventry their sternest test so far.

Darlington Mowden Park lost top spot and their unbeaten start to the campaign after a narrow 33-31 defeat to Old Albanians.

The home side had only won one of their opening five matches coming into the game and came back from a five point deficit at the break to pull off an impressive victory.

Plymouth Albion leapfrogged Darlington Mowden Park into second-place after their fifth win in the bounce, overcoming Cambridge 17-10.

Hull Ionians secured their first win of the season in emphatic style, beating Esher 43-28 at Brantingham Park.

Flanker James Sanderson was the pick of the players for the home side who commended Esher to their fourth defeat of the campaign.

Blackheath continued their impressive start to the season with 55-14 victory over Birmingham Moseley.

The away side scored nine tries in a dominant performance with Geoff Griffiths and Leo Fielding both going over twice.

Ampthill moved up to fifth in the table after a 35-12 win over Fylde at Dillingham Park.

Up 21-0 at the break, the home side resisted a second-half fightback from Fylde to secure their fourth win of the season.

Old Elthamians edged a tight clash with Caldy 23-21 to move up to sixth in the table.

It has been an impressive turnaround from Old Elthamians who have won all of their matches after losing their opening two games at the start of the season.

Rosslyn Park returned to winning ways with a big 49-14 win over Loughborough Students at Priory Lane.

The home side clearly had a point to prove after losing their last four matches while Loughborough slide to 14th in the table following the defeat.

Stourbridge continue to lead the way 

A man of the match display from Sam Pailor helped leaders Stourbridge remain unmoved at the top of the National Two North table after an impressive 40-11 away win over Blaydon.

The bonus point win keeps Stourbridge just a point ahead of Tynedale in second place while Blaydon are a point off last place following their fifth defeat of the season.

Tynedale maintained their unbeaten start with a 29-10 win over Sheffield Tigers.

The result leaves the home 13th in the table after their fourth defeat of the season.

Sale, South Leicester and Sedgley Park maintained the pressure on the top two after all securing convincing victories while mid-table Huddersfield pulled off an impressive 32-15 win over Luctonians.

Leicester Lions and Chester both moved into the top half of the table after wins over Otley and Wharfedale.

Cinderford's unbeaten run ended by Chinnor

Cinderford lost top spot in National Two South after falling to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Chinnor.

A dominant second half performance saw the away side secure the impressive win to leapfrog Cinderford in the table to move second. 

Cinderford’s defeat saw Taunton Titans take their opportunity to move top of the table after a bruising 81-14 win over Worthing.

Taunton scored 12 tries in total in an emphatic performance to condemn Worthing to their fourth defeat of the campaign.                 

Broadstreet secured their first win of the season in a high-scoring affair against London Irish Wild Geese while Canterbury and Redruth maintained their places near the top of the table with impressive wins. 

Redingensians and Barnstaple both secured their third win of the campaign to remain in the top half while there was nothing to choose between Old Redcliffians and Henley who finished 25-25.

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