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By Bobby Bridge
Manor Park gave their survival chances a massive boost with a crucial 25-17 victory over second-bottom Bromyard.
Eight points separated them from Park before kick-off but with six game remaining, that gap stands at 12 points going into next weekend's break from league action.
Bromyard's scrum-half opened the scoring early doors with a sniping close-range break but Chris Morewood hit back with a penalty to narrow the deficit to four.
With the visitors down to 14 men, Park pushed a scrum forward and held field position in the 22 before Chris Goode crossed over for a try Morewood improved.
Bromyard levelled the scores with a penalty kick but Morewood's impressive effort saw Park go into the interval 13-10.
A beautiful line from outside-centre put Bromyard ahead, with a conversion, by four points.
While Bromyard, who won the reverse fixture 35-0 in November, looked threatening out wide, the red-and-blacks showed great resolve to drive forward with their pack and almost earned a penalty try.But from another scrum Gaz Bennett showed good awareness to put Adam Bennett in the container corner and the hosts moved a point in front.
More pack power paved the way for Gaz Hykin to rumble over and Morewood's crucial conversion moved Manor eight points ahead as they close out the game.
Elsewhere, bottom club Old Wheatleyans lost 25-32 to Shipston, while Upton were on the receiving end of a 42-12 loss at Old Leamingtonians.
Rugby St Andrews beat Woodrush 53-8 and are five points ahead at the top of Midlands 3 West South, Ledbury smashed Dunlop 47-19 and Old Coventrians edged Alcester 31-15.
Updated 18:29 - 17 Feb 2018 by Bobby Bridge