Hastings & Bexhill and Rye chalked up notable away league victories against former bogie sides on Saturday.
H&B continued their fine second half of the season in Kent One with a 37-10 victory over Whitstable, while Rye won 26-24 against Holbrook in Sussex One.
Although Paul Sandeman dived over from a lineout and later kicked a penalty, H&B found themselves 10-8 down at one stage before a further Sandeman penalty and Mark Piotrowski’s converted try put them 18-10 ahead at half time.
Two second half tries from Dillon Newell, the second of which was converted by Sandeman, put H&B further in front and Ben Campbell, pictured, put the icing on the cake with a late score under the posts which was also converted.
Rye, meanwhile, overturned a 24-12 deficit to boost their hopes of a top half finish. Jay Rutledge and Ben Short scored tries, and Matt Cooke kicked a conversion as Rye trailed 14-12 at half time.
After falling further behind, a Chris Challinor try and Cooke conversion brought Rye back to 24-19 adrift. A second Rutledge try brought Rye level and Dylan Morris kicked the winning conversion with three minutes left.
See Friday’s Observers for full reports on both matches.
Standings (played-points) - Kent 1: 1 Gillingham Anchorians 20-89, 2 Vigo 20-81, 3 Dartfordians 20-70, 4 HASTINGS & BEXHILL 19-59, 5 Shooters Hill 18-54, 6 Sittingbourne 20-51, 7 Old Gravesendians 19-50, 8 Cranbrook 19-45, 9 HSBC 20-37, 10 Whitstable 19-26, 11 Guy’s Hospital 18-19, 12 New Ash Green 19-17, 13 Beccehamian 19-15.
Sussex 1: 1 Pulborough 15-57, 2 East Grinstead II 15-52, 3 Burgess Hill 15-45, 4 Seaford 15-38, 5 Holbrook 15-35, 6 RYE 14-32, 7 Newick 14-24, 8 Brighton II 15-23, 9 Eastbourne II 15-18, 10 Chichester III 15-8.