Diss Rugby Club saw their London Two North East title challenge all but ended as they suffered a 27-18 defeat at leaders Chelmsford in a top of the table clash.
The Mackenders-based outfit headed to Essex aiming to wipe out their opponents five-point advantage as the promotion race reaches its climax.
However, with defeat leaving Roger Coombs’ charges 10 points adrift with only two games remaining, their challenge appears all but over as their attention turns to securing second spot and a playoff place.
Meanwhile, Debenham LC ended a run of three games without a victory in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division with a 2-0 victory away at Dereham Town Reserves.
The result leaves the Hornets in eighth place ahead of hosting Stowmarket Town tomorrow (7.45pm).
In the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City moved to within three points of leaders Bournemouth with a convincing 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
In a devastating 14-minute spell starting on the stroke of half time, goals from Jonny Howson, Cameron Jerome and a Wes Hoolahan had the Canaries well in control before Chris Burke struck a 76th minute consolation.
Elsewhere rivals Ipswich Town climbed into sixth place with a 1-0 victory away at promotion rivals Watford.
Substitute Richard Chaplow scored his first goal for the club with a dramatic 90th minute winner to seal a vital three points.