Gosport & Fareham managed to subdue struggling Cobham to pick up a bonus-point win in London one south at Gosport Park.
The hosts established a 21-7 lead by the break but could not completely shake off the dogged visitors as the match ended 29-20.
‘It was a very good game – Cobham are a much better team than their position suggests,’ said Gosport coach Neil McRoberts.
‘They had a big tight five and a good, mobile back-row.
‘We had to spend a period of time wearing them down around the fringes of the breakdown.
‘Once we were able to move the ball away into the middle they struggled to cope with us.
‘It was very pleasing to see us work hard to make sure of the bonus point.’
The home side started well with Wayne Dugan finishing off an excellent move which started deep inside his own half.
Dugan converted his own try but Cobham soon levelled with a converted try of their own.
By half-time, though, Gosport added two more converted tries through Wes Dugan and Alex Heron.
Cobham started the second period strongly and got themselves back in the game with a converted try and penalty.
‘We showed our durability at home by stepping up our game again when we needed to,’ said McRoberts.
Tom Blackburn secured the bonus-point try with Dugan adding another penalty.
Fareham Heathens fell away in the second half in their heavy 54-6 Hampshire one defeat at Fordingbridge.
The visitors trailed by seven points at half-time but the hosts scored 41 unanswered points in the second period.
‘We are a bit battered and bruised,’ said Heathens coach Bernie Rhodes.
‘It has to go down as a bad day at the office.
‘Fordingbridge showed their pedigree and we found it hard to deal with it.
‘We sustained three crucial injuries which didn’t help.
‘In the second half we lost our shape a bit.
‘On a positive note, though, we did a lot of good things.
‘But now we must put this loss behind us.’
In Hampshire two, Locks Heath Pumas maintained their one-point lead at the top with a thumping 58-16 win at Kingsclere.