Two tries from Guy Thompson and 15 points from the boot of Ross Broadfoot saw Richmond become the first side to lower Jersey’s colours this season.

Following the Islanders’ setback just 10 competition points cover the top nine sides in this hotly- contested division.

Ealing Trailfinders powered to the top of National League Two South in a 47-10 victory over Westcombe Park, which saw five different try- scorers. With

Owen Bruynseels unable to add to his recent six- timer against Newbury, it was left to Ian Martin (2), Joe Price (2), Rob Buchanan, Benjamin Ward and Neil

Hallett, who also kicked six conversions, to supply the points.

Second- placed Southend hit a round 100 without reply to continue Newbury’s woes. Southend scored 15 tries in total, with Andrew Frost scoring a hat- trick

for the second week running, and fly- half Michael Stanley also dotting down three times.

Both host side Canterbury and Worthing scored four tries a piece – including a hat- trick from home flanker Peter Kelly – but it was the boot of the visitors’

Matt McLean that proved the difference in a 38-20 win.

Dings Crusaders were convincing 41-13 winners over Shelford, while Taunton warmed up for Saturday’s visit from Jersey with an even more emphatic 61-25

success over Clifton. Old Albanians face a trip to Ealing this weekend and will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 27-22 loss at Lydney. Hinckley

remain winless after conceding nine tries – including a hat- trick from Christophe Bart – in a 56-22 defeat at Henley.