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A remarkable second-half recovery against fellow strugglers Sedgley Park saw Cambridge record only their third win of the season. Cambridge were trailing 17-11 at the break only to reel off 41 unanswered points and win 52-17. Cambridge scored five tries in the second half – two of them going to centre Mike Gillick, while fly-half Elliot Bale finished the game with 20 points to his name through four conversions and four penalties.

Cambridge are one place off the bottom, a position held by Macclesfield despite the Cheshire side winning at the weekend. Like Cambridge, Macclesfield had to come from behind to beat Wharfedale, with the outcome settled by a penalty try two minutes from time.

Tynedale still have a 10-point cushion between themselves and the bottom there despite going down to a 29-26 defeat at home to Esher. Playing all but four minutes of the second half with 14 men, following the dismissal of lock Graeme Dunn, Tynedale still had victory in their sights going into injury time. But a yellow card to winger Hamish Smales reduced Tynedale’s numbers further, and Esher eventually made their advantage count by scoring a penalty try with what proved to be the last act of the game.

A try from No.8 Sam Shires was just enough to edge SSE National League One leaders Ealing to victory at Cinderford. It was the first time this season that Ealing had failed to score at least two tries in a match.

Second-placed Rosslyn Park remain in hot pursuit of Ealing after a 36-19 win at home to in-form Old Albanians. Tries from Daniel Richmond, Jack Gash and Charles Broughton and 21 points from the boot of Sam Katz saw Park end the visitors’ five-game unbeaten run.

Blackheath came away from the Athletic Ground with a 30-21 victory over rivals Richmond. A near four-figure crowd turned up to see ‘Club’ outscore their host three tries to two in the Game’s oldest inter-club fixture.

Elsewhere, Blaydon extended their winning run to eight games at Coventry, and Loughborough Students also won on the road with an 11-9 victory at Fylde.

Round 14 results

Coventry 8 - 17 Blaydon

Fylde 9 - 11 Loughborough Students

Macclesfield 20 - 17 Wharfedale

Richmond 21 - 30 Blackheath

Cinderford 10 - 11 Ealing Trailfinders

Rosslyn Park 36 - 19 Old Albanians

Cambridge 52 - 17 Sedgley Park

Tynedale 26 - 29 Esher

Round 15 fixtures

Blaydon Vs. Rosslyn Park

Loughborough Students Vs. Cinderford

Wharfedale Vs. Tynedale

Sedgley Park Vs. Coventry

Blackheath Vs. Fylde

Ealing Trailfinders Vs. Cambridge

Esher Vs. Richmond

Old Albanians Vs. Macclesfield

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