Gainsborough All Blacks were beaten by the side directly below them in the league table on Saturday.
Before the game they sat fourth with 41 points, above hosts Hykeham, and they were hoping to add to that tally, but fell to a 12-3 defeat.
The breezy conditions made it hard for both teams to judge any sort of kick, throw or even a pass, knowing one misjudgment or error could be crucial.
There was no dominance of any kind and in some periods of the first half the match was even.
But Hykeham showed the visiting Gainsborough side that home advantage can help as they ran in their first try of the match which was converted and Hykeham went 7-0 into the lead
At times Hykeham were wasteful with their possession, and an infraction then handed Gainsborough a penalty.
This gave the visitors the chance to gain territory or points, and they opted to go for the posts.
Gainsborough took the opportunity to add to the scoreline and Wayne Sandall slotted home the All Blacks first score which made it 7-3 to North Hykeham.
Most of the action in the first half was even as both sides were fighting for possession in each other’s 22.
But Hykeham broke down Gainsborough’s solid defense and ran in their last try of the match, although this score was not to be converted.
So at half time the score was 12-3 to Hykeham.
The second half of the league encounter saw more of the same in the way of defending from both teams.
This was a game with many scrums, and most of the play was being dominated by the forwards in either pack.
Gainsborough’s Wayne Sandall had his kicking boots on and he kicked well for the visitors, clearing the All Blacks line on more than one occasion.
But attacking play was short in supply from the Gainsborough men and at the final whistle there had been no further score in the second half.
The referee blew the whistle for full time as Hykeham ran out 12-3 winners.
Gainsborough Rugby Club’s Man Of The Match award went to Michael Nicoll.