A late converted try snatched Newbury a crucial victory against Old Patesians on Saturday as the battle for promotion reaches its climax.
The Blues won 26-24, having led for most of the match before falling behind with a quarter of an hour left.
Kyle Doel’s try rescued the win for the Blues in a dramatic end to the match, with Old Pats missing a last minute penalty that would have given them the spoils.
It only took five minutes for the Blues to open the scoring with Josh Bartlett going over early, although Nick Wackwitz’s conversion effort went just wide.
An Old Pats penalty reduced the gap, but the Blues soon re-establised their five-point advantage as Wackwitz kicked his own penalty.
Right on half-time Bartlett set up Toby Thorne to score try number two, although another missed conversion meant Newbury went into the break 13-3 ahead.
Minutes after the restart Old Pats got their first converted try to close the gap once more.
A quiet spell followed and it would take until the 61st minute for Wackwitz to slot home another penalty, putting the Blues six points in front.
But two converted tries in the space of three minutes suddenly gave Old Pats a healthy eight-point advantage, and it looked like they might have done enough to pinch the win.
Wackwitz kicked another penalty three minutes later to close the gap to five points, before Doel’s important converted try six minutes from the end put the Blues back in front.
Just needing to hold on in the closing stages, the Blues conceded a penalty and Old Pats had a chance to get the three points they needed.
But the kick drifted wide and Newbury were left to celebrate an important victory.
The Blues stay third in the South West 1 East standings, but are now just one point behind Old Pats with three games left to play.
The three top teams have all played each other twice so Newbury will be relying on big wins to force their way into the top two.
Their next game is at home to Oxford Harlequins this Saturday, while Old Pats travel to Old Centralians.