Holt are beaten by one side below them in table

Jim Riley's Holt side were beaten by fellow strugglers Campion in their final league game. Picture:

Jim Riley's Holt side were beaten by fellow strugglers Campion in their final league game. Picture: Stuart Young. - Credit: Archant

The final league game of the season between the two bottom clubs rarely rose above the mediocre.

Apart from pride, there was nothing to play for, and a low-key encounter saw the visitors claim the win despite failing to score a try.

Holt, bolstered by the return of Tim Allen and Sammy Wright to first team duties, started confidently and were soon 3-0 ahead from a penalty converted by fly-half, Ben Harvey.

Campion drew level with a penalty converted by their fly-half Matt Meehan but Holt continued to press and came close to scoring with a kick ahead and chase by captain Jim Riley.

Holt deservedly took the lead when second row Rob Gray was on hand to support a good passing move and touched down wide out. The conversion attempt failed and the score remained 8-3 at half-time.

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Holt tried to run everything in the second half but they came across a very resolute Campion defence who were, no doubt, boosted by their win over Ipswich the previous week.

Holt did not help themselves with several unforced errors and poor handling. Despite two yellow cards against them the Campion line was not breached and they secured the game with two further penalties converted by Meehan, the second of which bounced off both uprights before going over. Once again it was not to be Holt's day and this game marked the end of a very challenging league season.

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They finished it isolated in second from bottom position, 17 points above Campion and 11 below Ipswich.

In London Three North East Lowestoft & Yarmouth held hosts Ely to 15-10 at half-time before sliding to a 48-17 defeat, their 18th in 20 matches.

Airidas Savickas and Chris Burt both touched down for L&Y while Tom Dare weighed in with a couple of conversions and a penalty.

The match of the day in this section was at West Norfolk, with visitors Harlow needing a victory to clinch the title.

The Essex side got the result they needed, winning 44-12, and it was just as well as title rivals Wanstead beat Basildon 68-12 in their final game.

West ended the season third from bottom, 13 points above L&Y.

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