CHINGFORD are one of three teams leading the way in London One North after their sixth win in seven games over Brentwood on Saturday.

It was the two sides’ first meeting for several seasons, and it was the Waltham Wayers who came out on top, a result that sees them tied on 16 points with leaders Civil Service and Westcliff.

After a frantic start, it was Chingford, playing at home, who took the lead when John Burnage blasted his way through the defence and over the line. Ben Pollard added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Tom Childs squirmed through a gap to touch down for an unconverted try before half-time, with Brentwood only managing a penalty.

The second half was not as free-flowing as the opening exchanges, but two Chingford penalties to the visitors’ one ensured the home side came away with maximum points.

Meanwhile, Woodford were put to the sword by top dogs Civil Service.

A penalty after five minutes for the league leaders, playing at home, signalled the start of an undesirable pattern. Some stout defending and strong kicking from Huw Levis delayed the onslaught, but a 13-0 half-time scoreline soon got worse.

Woodford did manage to score an excellent try through Ed Gooday but Service ran out comfortable winners.

Wanstead were on the receiving end of a 34-17 defeat to Beccles in London Three North East.

In Essex One, Bancroft are now just four points behind leaders Campion after a convincing 37-5 victory over Old Brentwoods.

Alex Silk opened the account with a try in the seventh minute, before centre Charl Dormehl went over for his first try for the club. Old Brentwoods hit back with a try of their own, but not before Pete Robinson had extended the lead with a penalty.

James Connor provided more of a cushion for the hosts, and there was still time for Robinson to score and for Matt Henry to grab a brace.

Elsewhere, in Essex Two, Ongar enjoyed a thumping 50-0 win at Phantoms, but Loughton were edged out by Brightlingsea.