BOTH Shipston and Stow on the Wold suffered league defeats as the Regional 2 Midlands West campaign continued last weekend.

Shipston were involved in an entertaining contest with local rivals Stratford-Upon-Avon, but were on the wrong end of a 39-29 score line. 

A big crowd packed out the ground at Pearcecroft for the local derby and the spectators were treated to a thrilling 80 minutes of rugby. 

But the loss did mean Stratford leapfrogged their rivals into eighth place in the table with 15 points to Shipston's 14.

Cotswold Journal: A full house at Pearcecroft for the local derby between Stratford Upon Avon and ShipstonA full house at Pearcecroft for the local derby between Stratford Upon Avon and Shipston (Image: Shipston RFC)

As for Stow, their game with Hereford was a low-scoring affair but equally tight as the hosts were edged out 17-19. 

Hereford remain mid-table in sixth, whilst the losing bonus-point keeps Stow clear in fourth place.

Elsewhere in the Regional 2 Midlands West, league leaders Newent made it seven wins from seven as they came from behind to beat Malvern, who had lead early in the second-half but a barrage of late points saw the hosts storm to a bonus-point victory.

The only other game to survive the weather last weekend was bottom-of-the-table Worcester's clash fifth-placed Ludlow.

And for the second week running, Worcester were on the wrong end of a nail-biting clash, going down by two points in a 19-21 defeat.

Having been beaten by a single point against Cheltenham in the last round, it was a similar tale for Worcester as they missed out once more.

They stay bottom and Ludlow cut the gap on fourth-placed Stow to just two points from fifth.