Lichfield Rugby Club were subjected to just their second loss of the season on Saturday, albeit still lead Midlands Division 1 West by some distance.
The visitors went down 13-10 to fourth-place Ludlow but stay 12 points ahead of Kenilworth in second having played two games more.
Meanwhile, Uttoxeter were handed a walkover win against Old Saltleians in Division 2 West North.
Their third win of the campaign boosts their chances of survival.
It is the second time they’ve been given a victory without having to step on the pitch.
Stafford are in fourth after a heavy 36-0 defeat to Moseley Oak while Newcastle lost 31-17 to Camp Hill.
Tamworth swept aside strugglers Stourbridge Lions 43-12.
Eccleshall remain on a single point after a 34-19 loss to Burntowwod in Division 3 West North.
Rugeley suffered a blow in Division 4 West North, going down 22-19 to Willenhall. It means they are some 12 points off third place.
Finally, Trentham thrashed Essington 67-5 in a near-whitewash.
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