A big 49-19 win over Loughborough propelled Spalding RFC back out of the Midlands One East drop zone on Saturday with just one game left to play.
With relegation rivals Market Bosworth beaten 35-18 at Peterborough RFC, Town’s bonus-point success sends them one point ahead of the former in the race for survival.
Next week’s final round of fixtures sees Spalding visit title-chasing Ilkeston, while Bosworth host Towcestrians.
In Midlands Three East (South) Deepings went down 31-11 at Northampton Casuals, while in Midlands Four East (South) Bourne were drubbed 64-6 at home by St Ives.
More rugby in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
Midlands One East: Kettering 13 Ilkeston 20; Matlock 14 Towcestrians 24; Old Northamptonians 16 Bedford Athletic 22; Paviors 5 Newark 5; Peterborough 35 Market Bosworth 18; Peterborough Lions 63 Market Rasen & Louth 10; Spalding 49 Loughborough 19.
Midlands Three East (South): Northampton Casuals 31 Deepings 11; Queens 62 Old Newtonians 3; Rugby St Andrews 33 Northampton Mens Own 0; Stamford 38 Daventry 12; Stewarts & Lloyds 44 Long Buckby 7; Stockwood Park 13 Rushden & Higham 14.
Midlands Three East (South): Bedford Swifts v Westwood (home walkover); Bourne 6 St Ives 64; Brackley 34 St Neots 3; Stamford College Old Boys 12 Corby 10; Thorney 20 Oundle 0; Wellingborough OG 17 Aylestone Athletic 3.