Melbourne travelled the short distance to Loughborough and put in an assured performance for a bonus point win 29-12. Holden picked up his first Try of the season, Pagey got a brace and Rudkin scored the final try in the last minute. Loughborough's big pack provided a stern test for Melbourne, but the Melbourne defence was excellent throughout.
Onto the other fixtures - Dronfield v Southwell and Lincoln v Ashbourne both feel foul to the weather and were postponed. They may be rearranged for next Saturday. TBC
We both got the Ilkeston v Ashby result right prediciting a home win and Ilkeston won 34-15 to put some space between them and Ashby. The will be glad with the bonus point and 2 wins in a row.
Market Rasen beat Matlock 20-17 in a close encounter. No BP for Rasen but Matlock picked up a losing try bonus point. Pete taking the spoils.
Long Eaton secured a 28-7 point bonus point win over Newark to keep up the chase for Melbourne and jumping back up to second place
7 games to go.
The league table sees Melbourne stretch their lead to 17 points over Long Eaton. The top of the table remains tight with only 5 points covering 2nd to 5th and 12 points 2nd - 10th. Dronfield's game in hand could see them leap frog Long Eaton if they get a bonus point win. Ashby are 12 points adrift of 10th place, with Southwell 16 points adrift but with a game in hand. Games are running out though.
A week off next week for Melbourne 1s though there may be some rearranged fixtures
Updated 17:44 - 8 Feb 2019 by Andrew Jansen