Newark still can’t quite shake off their relegation fears after a 24-18 defeat to Marker Rasen and Louth.
Johny Evans, of Newark 1sts, leaps for the ball in a line out during the defeat to Market Rasen and Louth at Kelham Road on Saturday. (160213TM5-1)
The only positive from the game was the bonus point, earned thanks to second-half tries from Matt Clark and Chris Tate.
They remain eighth, 14 points clear of third-from-bottom Spalding.
Rasen took control from the fifth minute when they scored their first try, which was converted.
By the time Newark responded, the visitors were 12-0 clear having grabbed a second try.
Newark’s first-half points came from two penalty goals by Matt Cox to reduce the deficit, but Rasen took control again just before the break to engineer a third try.
Another two minutes after the interval put the visitors 24-6 ahead.
Newark found their best form in the final quarter, led by Clark touching down.
That put Newark back into the match and a try by Tate, following a piercing run, and a conversion by Matt Cox closed the gap to six points.
Despite plenty of Newark possession in the last ten minutes, Rasen held on