This really could be the season to be jolly for Hartpury College who will begin the New Year 22 points clear at the top of National One following their 16thstraight win.
Their latest triumph came away to Plymouth Albion, but the hosts certainly made the league leaders work for their victory.
Albion were able to end Hartpury’s perfect record of bonus point wins and they are also up to second in the table despite suffering their first home defeat of the season.
The reason for this is because Birmingham Moseley slipped to a late defeat away at Coventry while Ampthill and District also capitalised on Moseley’s misfortune to sneak into the top three.
There will be less Christmas cheer for Macclesfield who will resume their season in January 14 points adrift of safety after they were beaten by Fylde while spirits will be a high amongst the Darlington Mowden Park ranks as they secured a vital win over Blaydon.