Lions un­able to strike down the Bees

Mid­lands Premier

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FIRST met third at Port­way but Peter­bor­ough

Lions were un­able to end Birm­ing­ham and Soli­hull Bees’ per­fect record as the hosts sealed a 22-17 win.

Peter­bor­ough briefly led as a con­verted try can­celled out Nathan Tilsey’s open­ing score, but JT Na­betelevu re­stored the Bees lead, 17-12 by the in­ter­val. Matt Spink then crossed twice after the break as the bonus point was se­cured and although Peter­bor­ough grabbed a try back late on, they could not mount a come­back. Lions’ de­feat al­lowed

New­port Salop to move four points clear in sec­ond, as they edged a tight en­counter to beat Derby 23-19, although they are now 12 points adrift of Birm­ing­ham.

The sides traded two tries apiece in the first half, but Derby had a slen­der 1413 lead at the break.

How­ever, a penalty and a catch and drive try saw New­port open up a nine­point ad­van­tage, which would prove enough, de­spite Derby’s late third try.

Sand­bach’s seven game win­ning run came to an end as they were beaten 2117 at Scun­thorpe.

Scun­thorpe led 11-0 at half-time and de­spite a sec­ond half Sand­bach come­back, they held on for a third league win in a row. At the bot­tom Old

Haleso­ni­ans fell to an­other

heavy de­feat, 74-19 at Bournville, although after three score­less games they did at least get on the board.

Long­ton moved out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, climb­ing above their hosts’

Lich­field as a late try saw them snatch a 22-19 win.

A try apiece saw the scores locked at 5-5 in a tight first half, and then 1212 early in the sec­ond half, Lon­gon then edged ahead with a drop goal, be­fore Lich­field thought they had won it with a third try.

How­ever they would be de­nied min­utes later as for the third time Long­ton’s driv­ing maul proved too much to seal a cru­cial vic­tory. New­bold on Avon re­main in the bot­tom three as they were beaten 47-35 un­der the lights at Don­caster Phoenix.

And in the day’s fi­nal game, Bridg­north moved up to eighth thanks to a 3420 win at home over

Nuneaton who are now tenth with five wins from their 12 games.

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