Hull Ionians 10 Nuneaton 19
Nuneaton were indebted to an impressive all-round display and immaculate goalkicking of fly-half Gareth Cull which preserved their unbeaten leadership of the table in dreadful rain-swept conditions at Hull Ionians.
Cull amassed 14 personal points in a victory which keeps Nuns one point ahead of Bradford & Bingley.
Nuns struck first with Cull's 13th-minute penalty goal and three minutes later he put a penalty deep into the corner where flanker John Munro scored in a copy-book penalty lineout catch-anddrive routine.
The conversion from wide out an unerringly potted by Cull and, as play got increasingly scrappy, he increased Nuns' lead with another penalty on 28 minutes.
Peter Livey opened Ionians' account with a 39thminute penalty but Cull immediately responded in kind to make Nuns' interval advantage 16-3.
After a spell of home pressure near Nuns' line requiring desperate defence, Ionians were awarded a 63rd minute penalty try for persistent defensive infringement and Livey kicked the simple conversion from in front of the posts.
However, six points adrift was as close as the Humbersiders got and Cull made victory safe with his fourth penalty goal ten minutes from time.