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Worthing remain on course for the SSE National League Two title following a 47-3 home win over Shelford. However the victory was not as straightforward as the scoreline would suggest, with Shelford well in the game, and leading 3-0, until they lost full-back Peter Baird to a second yellow card on 32 minutes. The dismissal turned the game on its head within minutes, as wing Alex Nielsen crossed for the first of his four tries on the day. Replacement Ludovic Hopkinson and hooker Matt Miles also crossed for the Raiders who still hold a 12-point lead over Henley.

Henley, who have two games in hand over their title rivals, romped to a 31-5 bonus-point win away to Canterbury to leapfrog Redruth into second. The Hawks’ performance was topped and tailed with tries from dual registered Wasps back Jonah Holmes.

Redruth, meanwhile, fell to their first home defeat of the season against Hartpury College. Twenty-one unanswered points in a devastating period in the first half did for the Reds who fought back valiantly to snatch a losing bonus point. The sides split six tries between them, two being scored by the visitors’ flanker Liam Wilkinson.

A 19-17 win over Launceston saw Lydney move out of the two-team relegation zone at Taunton’s expense. Lydney looked well in control thanks to Daniel Chui’s try and 14 points from the boot of Anthony Wicks, but two tries from the Cornish All Blacks in the final three minutes made for a nervy finish. Lydney survived the loss of replacement Tailosi Lacabuka to the sin-bin to hang on for their seventh win of the season.

Taunton had a rest weekend to leave them with a fixture backlog. The Titans have played fewer games (20) than any other side in the division and face a difficult trip to Henley next up.

While Taunton’s fate remains very much up in the air, it only seems a matter of time before Barking are consigned to life at a lower level. The Essex club have been unable to build on their solitary success back in mid-January, and suffered yet another defeat on Saturday at the hands of Southend. Hampered by the loss of two men to the sin-bin, Southend only led 7-0 at the break following a converted score from wing Daniel Cleare. But they were too strong for the home side thereafter, with further tries from scrum-half Sam Arnott (2) and centre Michael Stanley seeing them to a comfortable 28-10 win.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth ended their seven-game losing run with a 35-26 win at home to Clifton, while Rob Dempsey’s 78th-minute try saw Dings Crusaders snatch a 21-17 win at Chinnor.

Round 24 results

Barking 10 - 28 Southend

Canterbury 5 - 31 Henley

Lydney 19 - 17 Launceston

Redruth 18 - 25 Hartpury College

Worthing 47 - 3 Shelford

Bournemouth 35 - 26 Clifton

Chinnor 17 - 21 Dings Crusaders

Round 25 fixtures

Bournemouth Vs. Dings Crusaders 14:30

Canterbury Vs. Redruth 15:00

Henley Vs. Taunton Titans 15:00

Shelford Vs. Launceston 15:00

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