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Henleys meeting with Worthing Raiders on the final weekend of the SSE National League Two season is shaping up to be a winner-takes-all title decider. A bonus-point victory in their game in hand against Shelford on Saturday would leave them just two points in arrears of the Raiders who visit Dry Leas on May 4.

Worthing failed to take maximum points from Saturdays trip to Launceston, scoring three tries to one in a 19-7 win at Polson Bridge. Henley, though, had no such problem at home to Dings Crusaders, the Hawks taking just 28 minutes to bag the try-bonus point. They went on to score 10 tries in a thumping 62-17 victory including a brace for forwards Nathan Morris and Robert Stapley.

At the bottom end of the table it is boiling down to a straight shoot-out between Lydney and Bournemouth to avoid joining basement side Barking in National Three next season. Lydney face an uphill task as they are three points behind their rivals and have played a game more following Saturdays 41-18 reverse at Shelford. The Gloucestershire outfit faces away games in their next two fixtures against Barking and Hartpury College.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, boosted their chances of survival after putting Barking to the sword. The Chapel Gate side ran in 10 tries to win 62-12, the bulk of their points coming in a rampant second-half performance. Backs George Drake and Dan Connolly and flanker Chris Hughes all dotted down for try doubles.

Taunton and Clifton also brought up the half-century in dominant home performances. Gary Kingdom converted six of Tauntons seven tries and added two penalties for an 18-point haul in the Titans 53-26 win over Chinnor.

Clifton went a long way to easing their fears of the drop with a 50-17 victory against Redruth at Cribbs Causeway. Centre James Golledge and hooker Paul Finken crossed the visitors line twice for Clifton who now need just two points from their remaining two fixtures to be certain of their place in the division next season.

Southend still need a point to be absolutely safe after losing 41-31 at home to Hartpury College. Southend put in a sterling effort to trouble their high-flying opponents and led for the majority of the game. Indeed, it took two tries in the final four minutes for Hartpury to secure the victory which guarantees them third place in the division.

Round 30 results

Henley 62 17 Dings Crusaders

Launceson 7 19 Worthing

Shelford 41 18 Lydney

Southend 31 41 Hartpury College

Taunton Titans 53 26 Chinnor

Bournemouth 62 12 Barking

Clifton 50 17 Redruth

Round 31 fixtures

Chinnor vs. Launceston

Dings Crusaders vs. Southend

Hartpury College vs. Clifton

Barking vs. Lydney

Canterbury vs. Bournemouth

Redruth vs. Taunton Titans

Shelford vs. Henley

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