With 11 rounds of the National League One season gone, 43 per cent of the 88 games played have finished with seven points or fewer between the sides.
Five of last week’s matches resulted in losing bonus points being awarded, as the competitiveness of the division was highlighted once again. A number of
matches have gone right down to the wire this season, and Launceston were the beneficiaries at Blaydon where a Palepoi Nonu try deep into stoppage time
handed them a losing bonus point.
Sam Herrington’s try for Coventry five minutes from time at the Butts Park Arena settled the contest against Blackheath the way of the home side.
Second- placed Cambridge left it late to beat Rosslyn Park with the points only being safe once Ben Spencer landed a 77th- minute penalty. Cambridge now
go to Redruth where they can expect another stiff test if last season’s draw in Cornwall is an accurate guide.
Rory Damant scored twice as London Scottish staved off a Macclesfield fightback to win 31-25 away from home, while Redruth held on for victory at
Cinderford after scoring all 18 of their points inside the first 33 minutes.
Leaders Barking were too good for Wharfedale in a 31-6 victory and Stourbridge, their opponents this week, won for the sixth time in seven starts at home to
Tynedale. Sedgley Park boosted their survival hopes with a 28-3 win over fellow strugglers Otley.