CHINGFORD remain on course for a promotion tilt in London One North after battling to a 37-27 triumph over Ruislip on Saturday.

The Waltham Wayers were made to work hard for their win that keeps their noses in front of third-placed Sidcup and Colchester.

Chingford had to respond quickly after Ruislip took the lead with a converted score, and they did so when Kurt Forward skipped over on the blind side.

He missed the kick but was on the scoresheet soon after, although this time he did convert his own try.

Another score from the visitors kept things tight at 15-12 by the interval.

A second-half blitz followed from the hosts to put them out of reach, Ben Bolton-Smith storming over for two tries, with Matt Lockwood adding another.

Two conversion from the trio of scores lifted Chingford to a commanding 34-12 lead.

Ruislip were not about to lie down, and two scores and a penalty drew them within seven points of their hosts.

However, Chingford eventually found vital breathing space when Duncan Haywood slotted a long-range penalty to secure maximum points.

While well-placed, the team remain 12 points adrift of runaway leaders Westcliff.

Elsewhere in the division, Eton Manor drew 20-20 at Old Colfeians after a ding-dong battle; a result that moves them above local rivals Woodford. The Highams outfit's game at Brentwood was postponed. In London Three North East, Wanstead's promotion hopes suffered a setback as they were held to a 22-22 home draw with Upminster.

Bancroft were denied the chance to play Basildon at their ground as the clash was called off.

Upper Clapton, meanwhile, are contesting a head-to-head scrap with Writtle Wanderers for the Essex Two title after a 55-0 demolition of Stanford Le Hope at the weekend.

The team are just one point behind Writtle with a game in hand.

Ongar were 19-12 victors over Runwell Wyverns, while there was no game for Ilford Wanderers, who sit third in the table.