Relegation fears eased as Saints beat Painswick
ST Mary's Old Boys boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a fine 19-6 home defeat of Painswick in Gloucester Premier.
Fly-half Carl Stephens had an excellent day with the boot, landing four penalties and converting flanker James Gallagher's try, as his side closed the gap on third bottom Dursley with a crucial win.
Frampton Cotterell remain in pole position thanks to a bonus point 29-12 success at bottom side Tewkesbury and are now 11 points clear of Drybrook who have played two games less.
The Forest of Dean side visit Frampton on January 26 in a match which could well have a big say in the final destination of the championship.
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Pat Creaven Junior took the man-of-the-match honours with a two-try display in Ashley Down's 17-12 derby win at Aretians in Gloucester Two.
Sam White also crossed for Ben Guy's side who remain second. Aretians' tries came from Adrian Jay and Peter Lamb with Dan Ferriday kicking one conversion.
In Gloucester One, Chipping Sodbury came away from Longlevens with a priceless 14-10 victory to move a place further clear of the relegation zone.
And Bishopston completed back-to-back wins for the first time this season, downing struggling Broad Plain 45-12 to consolidate eighth place.
There were two tries from No 8 and stand-in skipper Lee Dunn and winger Justin Read with Jon Martin, Mike Mangeolles and Sam Bowler also crossing with Martin adding five conversions.
In Somerset Premier, Old Reds edged Gordano 25-21 thanks to tries from Chris Yandell, Mark Ward and Liam McCreight with Nick Pursell on target with two conversions and two penalties, while there was a strong display at full-back from new recruit Callum Partridge.
For Gordano, there were tries from winger Elliott Hanscombe, captain Fred Young and ex-Reds player Mike Yandell with Joe Rowsell slotting two penalties, including one effort from the half-way line.
Another Craig Skuse hat-trick, meanwhile, plus tries from brothers Dan and Lee Chidgey helped Bristol Barbarians ease to a 55-8 home defeat of Sulians in Somerset One.
Alex Lucani, Ewan Crispin, Oli Sanson and Tom Greenwell also crossed with Neil Pickford booting five conversions.
St Bernadettes remain in pole position and boosted their points difference with a 75-0 home humbling of Wells.