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MAR

League leaders Ealing slipped to only their third defeat of the season after they were beaten 22-15 at in-form Fylde. Tries from lock Gareth Rawlings and outside backs Oli Brennand and Chris Briers plus seven points from the boot of fly-half Chris Johnson sealed a 22-15 victory for the Lancastrians. Fyldes fifth win of the row keeps them fifth in the table.

Rosslyn Park had a golden opportunity to close the gap in the race for second spot as both Blaydon and Esher had a weekend off. Park looked primed to do just that when leading Loughborough Students by 13 points with just 10 minutes to go. However two tries from the Students Joe Atkinson handed the home side the unlikeliest of victories by 36 points to 35. Park did at least have the consolation of taking a try and losing bonus point from the game to leave them four points adrift of Esher and a further two behind second-placed Blaydon.

Macclesfield continue to perform miracles at the bottom end of the table with a sixth straight victory. Centre Matt ORegan was the Blues hero after his try, converted by the dependable boot of Tom Eaton, put his side in front against Coventry for the first time in the match with only four minutes to go. The Cheshire side held on to win 16-13. The defeat was harsh on Coventry full-back Cliffie Hodgson who scored all of his sides points via a try, two penalties and a conversion.

Macclesfield moved above Wharfedale and out of the relegation zone as a result of their dramatic victory and the Greens 15-12 loss at home to Old Albanians - the only away side to win on the weekend. Old As scrum-half Stefan Liebenbergs 76th-minute try proved decisive in a game of two halves the first ending scoreless and the second being a much more open affair reaping four tries in total.

Elsewhere, there were big wins for Blackheath and Tynedale. Club ran in eight tries including a brace for prolific flanker Dave Allen in an emphatic 53-17 win over lowly Sedgley Park, while Tynedale were equally as ruthless against bottom-of-the-table Cambridge. Helped by a man-of-the-match performance from Matt Charters Tynedale put 10 tries on the visitors in a 64-14 success. Fly-half Matty Outson scored twice in three minutes around the hour mark as well as adding five conversions, and there was also a try double for half-back partner Harry Peck.

Round 25 results

Blackheath 53 - 17 Sedgley Park

Fylde 22 - 15 Ealing Trailfinders

Macclesfield 16 - 13 Coventry

Tynedale 64 - 14 Cambridge

Wharfedale 12 - 15 Old Albanians

Loughborough Students 36 - 35 Rosslyn Park

Round 26 fixtures, Saturday March 23

Cinderford Vs. Old Albanians 14:30

Rosslyn Park Vs. Blackheath 14:30

Sedgley Park Vs. Loughborough Students 14:30

Tynedale Vs. Richmond 14:30

Cambridge Vs. Wharfedale 15:00

Coventry Vs. Esher 15:00

Ealing Trailfinders Vs. Blaydon 15:00

Macclesfield Vs. Fylde 15:00

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