Nuneaton 32 Darlington Mowden Park 5
Unbeaten Nuneaton regained the league leadership, which they temporarily lost while idle last weekend, thanks to a starring performance by versatile Phil Reed, who solved an injury crisis by playing scrum-half and completed a grand slam of positional appearances from there to full-back.
The former Rugby and Doncaster player has done that in less than half a season with Nuns and he scored three of their four tries, helping secure a bonus point as fly-half Gareth Cull also got a try.
In fact, Cull outscored Reed in terms of points, pocketing 17 as he also kicked three conversions and two penalties. Nuns, while mainly dominant, were rarely fluent and went to sleep for a long time in the second half.
After Cull had put Nuns six points up with two penalties in the opening quarter, Reed scored his first try, when centre Jody Peacock fielded a kick and ran out of his own half before fellow- centre Simon Brocklehurst made the important inroads.
Reed made it 18-0 at half-time by charging down and gathering a clearing kick by opposite number Shaun Richardson. Darlington Mowden Park's only try came on 64 minutes when fly-half Peter Booysen finished a break by full-back Alesio Atelmo.
When Nuns came back to life, Cull scored his try from a line-out drive and release. In the final minute, Reed ran 25 yards for his last in a Nuns' counter-attack.