Scunthorpe go top after Bridgnorth slip
LUCTONIANS kept pace with the leaders thanks to a scintillating 55-0 victory over Derby.
Tries from Aiden Cheshire, Josh Watkins and Rob Bengry steered them into a 22-0 lead at the interval with the other points coming from the boot of Sam Boxhall.
If Derby had struggled for possession in the opening 40 minutes then there was worse to follow after the break as the Herefordshire side stormed out of sight.
Max Katjijeko added his name to the scoresheet with Cheshire, Watkins and Bengry all claiming their second tries of the match.
Former Birmingham Moseley speedster Drew Cheshire wrapped things up in the final few minutes.
Scunthorpe climbed to the top of the table thanks to a 34-12 victory over visitors Bournville.
It looked to be plain sailing for the Lincolnshire outfit, who went in at the break with a 22-5 advantage but their Birmingham visitors upped their game in the second half to restrict their hosts - eventually sealing an important win.
Newport are up to second and just a solitary point off the top but were given a scare by lowly
Burton before running out 39-31 winners.
Lucts may have been the day’s biggest winners but
Sheffield weren’t too far behind them as they romped to a 52-0 victory over rock bottom Syston.
The Yorkshire boys in blue proved far too powerful up front, winning a string of penalties at the scrum and using their dominant pack to drive their way to victory.
Andrew Hodgson and Dom Parsons were on the scoresheet in a one-sided opening half that finished 31-0 in Sheffield’s favour, Steve Depledge and Angus Hughes among the tries in the second period as they
completed the rout.
Bridgnorth started the day at the top but dropped to third after being held to a 19-19 draw away at a plucky Sandbach.
And it could have been worse for the visitors, who trailed 19-7 at one point before a second half fightback.
Elsewhere, Lichfield won a try-fest at home to
Doncaster Phoenix 52-38 where Tom Taylor and Brad Rawlins grabbed two tries apiece for the Staffordshire side.