Rugby round-up: Barnstaple extend their advantage at the top over Maidenhead to nine points

Barnstaple extended their lead at the top of the South West Premier on Saturday with a hard-earned 22-17 win over fellow promotion contenders Weston-super-Mare. The league leaders stretched their advantage over Maidenhead to nine points, with a game still in hand over David Mobbs-Smith's side, who'll sit out this weekend's matches.

Maids hold a three point lead over Weston, but their rivals will be looking to leapfrog them with an away win at Exmouth on Saturday, while Barnstaple face an equally tricky looking fixture at Exeter University.

Maidenhead, who saw off Launceston 22-17 at Braywick Park in their last outing on January 18, return to action at Newbury Blues on February 8.

Windsor will be looking to bounce back from their recent loss to Beaconsfield when they get back to action in South West 1 East at Salisbury on Saturday.

Jack Pattinson's side failed to reach their recent high levels in last week's 20-10 loss to Beaconsfield at Home Park, but they'll be confident of rectifying that when they visit the bottom club on Saturday.

In Southern Counties North Marlow will have their work cut out if they're to pick up a third straight win, as they go to undefeated leaders Witney. Rory Greenslade-Jones' men have moved to within four points of second placed Reading after beating Wallingford 22-7 at Riverwoods.

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