National Leagues: Weekend wrap

Ampthill end Cov’s winning run

Coventry may have already guaranteed their place in the Greene King IPA Championship next season but they were disappointed to have their nine-match winning run ended by an impressive Ampthill. 

The Bedfordshire team were the better side in their 22-10 win and the victory puts them on course to record their highest ever league position in third spot. 

Ahead of them are Darlington Mowden Park who sealed a bonus-point win over Fylde in their final home game of the season. 

The 7-40 loss was Fylde’s 25th of the season and they’ll host Loughborough Students in their final home match of the season next week. 

One of the more eye-catching results over the weekend came at Caldy who overcame Blackheath 42-18. The newly-promoted side have impressed this season and will be determined to finish the season in the top half of the league. 

One of the more dramatic fixtures came at Rosslyn Park where Hull Ionians secured a 37-36 win. At half time it looked like it could be a comfortable win for Hull who led 24-7 only for Park to mount a comeback and take a 33-27 lead. But Hull came back once again and slotted a penalty in the final moments to win the game. 

Automatic promotion battle 

Sale and Sedgley Park remain locked in a battle for automatic promotion with only one point separating the two sides. 

Sale remain in prime spot with one game in hand and both sides came away from the weekend with wins. 

Sedgley Park recorded a bonus-point win over Leicester Lions, scoring 50 points in their comfortable win while Sale overcame Blaydon in a 36-24 win. 

Blaydon will have a tense final few weeks as they sit only one spot above the three relegation places and there are only three points separating them from Wharfedale. 

One of the fixtures of the weekend came at Stourbridge who overcame Tynedale 35-34 in a thrilling clash between two sides in the top four. 

Relegation scrap in Two South

It couldn’t get much closer in the battle to stay National Two South with four teams in the battle to stay up. 

Wimbledon have a big ask on their hands and would have to rely on other results to stay up but for London Irish Wild Geese, Barnstaple and Old Redcliffians it will remain close until the very last day. 

Only two points separate the three sides and Wimbledon face both Barnstaple and Old Redcliffians in the final two weeks. 

At the top of the table Cinderford are eight points clear and will have on eye on National One rugby next season but will still be wary of Chinnor in second place. 

Chinnor were run close by Bury st Edmunds over the weekend with the match finishing 28-27 while Cinderford beat Taunton Titans 41-24.