Waterloo 31 Billingham 21
WATERLOO director of rugby Jan van Deventer was delighted to see his relegation fighting team record another win at the weekend.
After beating second bottom Billingham, he said: “We have now won four of our last five games and have given ourselves a lifeline to avoid relegation.
"Although we did not play as well as in previous weeks we have shown that we now know how to win 'ugly' in a scrappy game.”
Waterloo took full advantage of Middlesbrough's postponed game away to Beverley to go six points clear of the National Three North relegation zone. Although their immediate relegation rivals have three games in hand over the Merseyside club and with Lymm also losing away to Penrith, Beverley are now back in the relegation mix.
"I have always thought that the battle for survival would be between ourselves and Middlesbrough but we are now just one point behind Lymm and two behind Beverley and with a lot of rugby still to be played the relegation battle could now be between four clubs,” Deventer explained.
Waterloo took a 19-0 lead in at the break through tries from Sean Colborn benefiting from a drive from the base of a scrum by Martin Bell, Anthony Harvey carrying three defenders over the line after forceful work by the pack and a superb solo effort from James O'Brien with Liam Reeve adding one conversion.
In the second half Billingham came back with a converted try but Adam Anderson hacked a dropped pass before winning the chase to the line restored the advantage and brought up the bonus point.
Another converted try by the visitors brought them to within ten points but with the Waterloo pack driving up to the line Anderson secured the win as he squeezed over for the fifth to take the match despite a late converted try from Billingam.