It was a tough trip to the Channel Islands for Nottingham over the weekend as the green & whites were well beaten in the RFU Championship by the Jersey Reds on Saturday afternoon.
The home side ran in eight tries to two (from Brownlie and Poullet) as Nottingham were comprehensively stuffed 48-12 in what was a rampant performance from a side still with top three aspirations.
For Nottingham, defeat leaves them second-bottom with just one game remaining of the campaign but safe from any chance of table proppers London Scottish catching them, the last game of the season for the Archers is at home against Doncaster on April 1st.
In the Midlands League Premier Division, strugglers Paviors bounced back from a 52-0 defeat at Sheffield last week to take a share of the spoils with high flying Bridgnorth.
The two sides drawing 31-31 at Burnstump after also sharing a 34-34 tie earlier in the season, Cam Seaton opened the try-scoring for the home side before the visitors from Shropshire took a 7-19 lead, Josh Alton-Smith reduced the deficit but the away side furthered their advantage before Jonty Green pulled back the scores at the break to 19-26.
Another try added by Bridgnorth looked to have them the advantage in the second half but Paviors never gave up and chipped away at their opponents lead with two tries from Tom Davies before Taran Elms kept his nerve with a 76th minute conversion to tie up the match.
Paviors stay third bottom (twelfth) with four games left of the season, next up a week on Saturday is a trip to Coventry based Broadstreet who are tenth in the table.
West Bridgford weren’t in action in Midlands 1 East so they fell from second to third in the table as Derby won at Oadby Wyggestonians, Bridgy have bottom of the table Lutterworth visiting Stamford Road next on March 26th.
In Midlands 2 East North fifth placed Newark were beaten at third spot Matlock 52-36 whilst Southwell down in eighth lost at second placed Melbourne 50-18.
Finally in Midlands 3 East North leaders Mellish received a home walkover against Sileby Town whilst Nottingham Casuals won at Mansfield 38-25, Ashfield were beaten at Kesteven 32-7 whilst East Retford lost at home to Belper 12-46.
*Main image @jerseyrfc a deflated Nottingham were well beaten in the Channel Islands.