Boston Buccaneers opened up a gap on rivals Sherwood Wolf Hunt following Saturday’s 28-14 victory.
Both teams went into the contest level on points and joint-second in the Midlands Premier.
Confidence was high in the Buccaneers camp as they welcomed back Marc Miles in the forwards and Jamie Jenkins at centre.
Playing in front of a large home crowd, the Buccaneers showed their intent early by moving the ball up field through Jim Dearing and Mike Knock.
After only five minutes, quick thinking by hooker John Stanfield fed stand off Dan Mackie, who dabbed a kick over the Wolf Hunt defensive line.
The ball was gathered by scrum half Tom Andrews who showed some neat footwork and pace to score an acrobatic try in the corner.
After several penalties, the Buccaneers were having to absorb pressure from the Wolf Hunt.
The line held strong with Liam Croker and Ryan Cuthbertson tackling hard, but strong defending came at a price as Miles was adjudged to have made a high tackle and was sent to the sin bin.
Despite going down to 12 men, the defence still held strong.
After the change of possession, the Buccaneers moved the ball well, making good yards through second rowers Dan Piggins and Ryan Cuthbertson.
Wing Chris Douglas sped down the sideline only to be tackled short of the line.
Great hands from the backs fed the ball out to centre Jenkins, who danced his way past several defenders to score a superb try under the posts.
Constant pressure by the visitors took its toll and they scored to bring the score to 10-4.
Buccs full back Chris Wells was next on the scoreboard as he ran a great line, slicing through the desperate Wolf Hunt defence.
The half ended with veteran David Beever crossing the whitewash after a fine solo effort, leaving defenders in his wake.
The visitors who started strongest in the second half, narrowing the lead to 22-8.
Just when it looked like the home team were regaining the upper hand they suffered a massive setback as captain Dearing sustained a nasty leg injury, requiring a visit to hospital.
The Buccaneers found themselves on the back foot for most of the second half after that loss.
Despite the visitors having most of the territory, prop Will Scupham forced his way through the defence, releasing Jenkins to score.
With three minutes to go the Wolf Hunt scored a consolation try.
BUCCANEERS: Dearing, Mackie, Miles, Douglas, Kippax, Andrews, Baldwin, Croker, Wells, Knock, Scupham, Johnson, Piggins, Beever, Coley, Cuthbertson, Jenkins, Bray, Laidlaw, Stanfield, Brogan.