Spalding RFC’s stint in Midlands One East came to an end on Saturday as they were relegated after losing 78-10 at Ilkeston on the final day of the season.
Town, who started the day out of the drop zone, were overhauled by rivals Peterborough RFC after they won 35-23 against already relegated Loughborough.
Mark Bosworth are the other team to slip through the trapdoor after a 28-25 home beating by Towcestrians.
Bedford Athletic finish up as champions, with Ilkeston second.
More on that story in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
Midlands One East: Bedford Athletic 25 Peterborough Lions 24; Ilkeston 78 Spalding 10; Loughborough 23 Peterborough 35; Market Bosworth 25 Towcestrians 28; Market Rasen & Louth 50 Paviors 7; Matlock 0 Old Northamptonians 52; Newark 16 Kettering 54.