An eighth win in nine games has set Newton Abbot up for an intriguing run-in to the end of the Tribute South West League's Western Counties West Division season.
The All Whites (fifth) continued their hot streak with a 24-13 win at Bideford and they now have their sights firmly set on breaking into the top-four.
Newton are nine points away heading into Saturday's home game against Burnham (second), and they then meet local rivals Teignmouth at Bitton Park tomorrow week (Feb 25) before travelling to fourth-placed Chard on March 5.
Injury-hit Teignmouth lost 32-17 at Tiverton, despite an early George Mowson try and another by Josh Oliphant-Thompson, while Paignton managed to salvage a dozen second-half points from a 57-12 defeat at unbeaten leaders Wadebridge Camels.
Paignton take on Bideford at Queen's Park this Saturday, when Teignmouth entertain Truro.
Mid-table Brixham could not dent Exmouth's good form in the Premier Division.
The Cockles (fifth) were always in front at Astley Park and ran out bonus-point winners 35-22.
Exmouth also won the second-team game 24-12 at the Imperial Rec'.
Brixham travel to Weston on Saturday to meet Hornets (third), who will have been lifted by Exeter University's surprise 20-10 defeat at Camborne - that result knocked the students off top spot and allowed Old Redcliffians to take over.
Torquay Athletic may have struggled on the road, but their home form remains solid and they just saw off Saltash 32-27 in another exciting Cornwall/Devon game at the Recreation Ground.
It's fellow mid-table side Tavistock away next for the Tics.
Devon One leaders New Cross (Kingsteignton) enjoyed a 'walkover' home win against Dartmouth, remaining two points clear of Exeter Saracens, who beat Totnes 73-5 at Borough Park.
New Cross travel to Exeter Athletic this Saturday and, after a week's break, then tackle a potential title decider at Exeter Saracens on March 5.
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