Lions unable to strike down the Bees
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.