Resurgent Spalding RFC put back-to-back Midlands Two East (North) defeats behind them with an important 27-15 win over Dronfield on Saturday.
The bonus-point Memorial Field triumph moves Town level on points with leaders Belgrave at the top of the table, after they could only win 15-10 at Ashbourne.
The top two are now 13 points clear of the chasing pack and look set to battle it out for the title.
Down in Midlands Three East (South), Deepings were on the receiving end of a humbling 110-0 beating at Stockwood Park. They remain rock bottom of the table with 11 defeats from 12 games.
More rugby in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
• Midlands Two East (N): Ashbourne 10 Belgrave 15; Melton Mowbray 14 Melbourne 15; Nottingham Casuals 13 Loughborough 10; Oakham 22 Kesteven 10; Spalding 27 Dronfield 15; Stamford 22 Bakewell Mannerians 19.
• Midlands Three East (S): Biggleswade 39 Daventry 14; Rugby St Andrews 29 Queens 10; St Ives 37 Northampton Mens Own 7; Stewarts & Lloyds 47 Northampton Casuals 0; Stockwood Park 110 Deepings 0; Vipers v Brackley (home walkover win).