Oakham and Stamford both recorded vital victories in their battles to secure promotion and Bourne bounced back to winning ways at home to Wellingborough on Saturday afternoon.
The Oaks shaded a tight local derby away against arch rivals Melton by a single point to strengthen their grip on second spot. Coalville remain out in front in the Midlands 2 East (North) division but third-placed Ashbourne’s defeat means Dronfield, who have games in hand, could now be Oakham’s biggest threat to the play-off place.
Meanwhile, in the Midlands 3 East (South), Stamford reclaimed top spot in their division with a high-scoring victory against Stewarts and Lloyds.
Midlands 2 East (North)
Coalville 15-12 Belgrave; Dronfield 15-14 Nuneaton Old Edwardians; Leicester Forest 22-7 Ashbourne; Melton Mowbray 22-23 Oakham; Nottingham Casuals 44-17 Bakewell Mannerians.
Midlands 3 East (South)
Daventry 5-10 Rushden & Higham; Deepings 21-13 Old Newtonians; Northampton Casuals 13-10 Long Buckby; Queens 0-33 Rugby St Andrews; Stamford 39-28 Stewarts & Lloyds; Stockwood Park 50-0 Northampton Mens Own.
Midlands 4 East (South)
Bedford Swifts 74-5 Corby; Bourne 39-5 Wellingborough OG; Brackley - HW -Aylestone Athletic; St Ives 54-0 Westwood; St Neots 15-33 Oundle; Thorney 52-0 Stamford College Old Boys.