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The champagne remains on ice for another week at Vallis Way with SSE National One leaders Ealing still needing one more point from their remaining three games to be mathematically certain of the league title and promotion to the RFU Championship.

A bonus-point win at home to Loughborough Students leaves Ealing 20 points clear of Esher who could, in theory, still claim the silverware if they take maximum points from their last four games and Ealing fail to record a point in either of their fixtures against Cinderford (h), Cambridge (a) and Coventry (h).

Ealing did all they could to start the celebration early with a five-point haul in an entertaining game against the Students. Fly-half Tom Wheatcroft was the star of the show in a 41-29 win for the west Londoners with two tries, five conversions and two penalties.

A spectacular five-try display from full-back Charlie Walker helped Esher to a 62-12 win away to in-form Macclesfield. Fly-half Luke Daniels converted seven of the visitors nine tries and added a try and a penalty for a 22-point personal haul.

The defeat ended the Blues seven-game winning run; however the disappointment was offset by the fact that relegation rivals Wharfedale were thrashed 50-3 at high-flying Rosslyn Park. Park maintained their unbeaten home record thanks to a try double from wing Nev Edwards and scores from Charles Broughton, Lorne Ward, Dan Mugford, Luke Campbell and Sam Katz.

On a day of high-scoring matches across the board, Tynedale put 62 points [b1] on Blackheath at Corbridge. Wing Hamish Smales scored a hat-trick of tries and Ben Franklin helped himself to a brace as the north-east outfit ran riot against Club.

Old Albanians came out on top in a 10-try thriller away to Coventry, winning by 39 points to 34 in front of a healthy crowd of 887 at the Butts Park Arena, while two tries from No.8 John Atlee helped Richmond to a 36-29 success at home to Fylde.

Elsewhere, Sedgley Park won for the first time in two months after they caused a shock at Cinderford. Park led from the moment Conor McGrath crossed the line in the 22nd-minute and went on to add four more tries.

Bottom-of-the-table Cambridge fell just short of causing another upset at home to high-flying Blaydon. Four points separated the sides entering the final 10 minutes at Grantchester Road, but a late try from Blaydon lock Chris Wearmouth proved decisive and Cambridge had to be content with a losing bonus point.

Round 28 results

Cambridge 23 - 27 Blaydon

Coventry 34 - 39 Old Albanians

Ealing Trailfinders 41 - 29 Loughborough Students

Macclesfield 12 - 62 Esher

Richmond 36 - 29 Fylde

Tynedale 52 - 22 Blackheath

Cinderford 23 - 31 Sedgley Park

Rosslyn Park 50 - 3 Wharfedale

Round 29 fixtures, Saturday April 13

Loughborough Students Vs. Fylde 14:00

Blaydon Vs. Coventry 14:30

Sedgley Park Vs. Cambridge 14:30

Blackheath Vs. Richmond 15:00

Ealing Trailfinders Vs. Cinderford 15:00

Esher Vs. Tynedale 15:00

Old Albanians Vs. Rosslyn Park 15:00

Wharfedale Vs. Macclesfield 15:00

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