Newbury Blues produced their second big win in as many weeks as they thrashed Old Centralians 52-5 at Monks Lane on Saturday.
They have closed the gap with league leaders Old Patesians to just four points, after their rivals were beaten by second-placed Maidenhead in their top of the table clash at the weekend.
And with the Blues travelling to Old Pats on March 25, that game could decide promotion this season, with just the top two sides going up.
Saturday’s match got off to a steady start, and it took 14 minutes before Nick Wackwitz opened the scoring with a penalty.
He got another five minutes later, before Newbury got their first try as Wackwitz released Jon Bastable to make the final yards and go over.
Ten minutes later Old Cents got a try of their own, and while Wackwitz added three points from a penalty just before half-time it looked like it was shaping up to be a close game.
But Newbury ran riot in the second half, scoring a further six tries.
Six minutes after the restart Joe Pigott found his way through a gap in the defence to score, with Wackwitz converting. Two more tries followed in the subsequent seven minutes, first with Josh Bartlett rounding the defenders to score behind the posts, and then Toby Thorne securing the bonus point wide on the left.
Another try followed on the hour through Thorne again, before Josh Love got the Blues’ fifth of the afternoon five minutes later.
Love completed the second half rout two minutes from the end after sliding straight through the defence. Wackwitz kicked the extras to cap off another stunning performance.
Following Saturday’s games Old Patesians are on 90 points, Maidenhead 88 and Newbury 86.