Lincoln suffered more frustration on the road as two tries from Will Nash put them on the wrong end of a 27-10 defeat at Ashbourne.
Ashbourne raced into a 10-0 lead after well-worked chip and chase moves set up unconverted tries for Nash and Jonny Riley.
Lincoln reduced the deficit when Richie Dixon slotted over a penalty, but Ashbourne regained control when an interception try from Nash, along with Riley’s conversion, gave them a 17-3 lead going in at the break.
Ashbourne increased their lead in the second half when a move out on the left created an overlap for Ollie Ruddock to cross for a try.
Riley added a conversion before kicking a penalty to give Ashbourne a 24-point lead.
Lincoln refused to give up and reduced the deficit when a quickly taken penalty from Zeph Chapman caught the home defence napping.
Chapman then offloaded the ball to Ben Sykes, who ran straight through the Ashbourne defender to go over for a try, which Dixon converted.
Although it was a frustrating result for Lincoln, there were some positives with a man-of-the-match performance from Ollie Halligan and a strong return for centre Jack Kinsey.
After the match Lincoln’s 1st XV captain Lewis Wilson said: “I would say that we got caught up in a scrappy game. It was great to see Jack Kinsey back in the shirt.
“We stringed good phases together, but composure in their 22 let us down. We continue to build as a squad and haven’t even scratched the surface of the potential we have as a playing squad.”
Captain Luke Brodrick was among the try scorers as Lincoln Imps XV returned to winning ways with a 22-10 victory at Bingham.
Brodrick offloaded for Michael Baker, who hit the gap and broke through a tackle to go over for a try after 15 minutes, which his captain converted.
Bingham kicked a penalty before Grant Laws powered over to score for the third successive match.
Bingham crossed for a converted try to cut Lincoln’s lead to 12-10 going in at the break.
A great break by Harry Atkinson set up James Johnson, who confused the opposition full-back with a dummy before going over for a try to increase Lincoln’s lead.
Captain Brodrick used a dummy switch to run through a gap for a try to complete the scoring.
After the match Brodrick said: “The lads put a huge shift in from 1 to 15. From minute one to 80 we kept the defence strong.
“We showed some fantastic fast-paced rugby which gave us the upper hand throughout the game.”
Lincoln’s 3rd XV and Lincoln Ladies saw their home matches against Creswell Crusaders and Doncaster postponed.
In National Two (North), Scunthorpe suffered a 68-7 home defeat at the hands of Caldy on an emotional afternoon at Heslam Park.
Before the match both side’s observed a minute silence in memory of Scunthorpe player James Walker, who recently lost his life.
Elliott Caunt scored Scunthorpe’s only try of the match, which was converted by Will Robinson.
In Midlands Two East (North), Market Rasen & Louth lost 11-5 at Nottingham Casuals, with their only try coming from Jacob Medd.
Two tries from captain Daniel Adams helped Spalding to a 45-0 home victory over Rushden & Higham in Midlands Three East (South).
Gav Sharman also grabbed two tries, with Willis Ingleby, Harry Sharman and Taylor Wilson each scoring one. Conall Mason kicked five conversions.
Spalding’s 2nd XV also beat Rushden & Higham with the score ending 57-17.
Rees Burns and James Stables crossed for two tries apiece as second-placed Stamford beat Queens 47-5.
Martin Bagnall, Gareth Ramsden, Tom Wire, David Martin and Danny McFaden each scored one try, with the latter adding one conversion.
Bourne are only five points behind in third after their 27-19 home victory against Oakham.
Sam Thornburn, Jamie Colangelo and Adam Binns crossed for Bourne’s tries, with Sam Evison kicking three conversions and two penalties.
Second-placed Grimsby continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 27-20 home win over Bakewell in Midlands Three East (North).
Chris Moore, John Mansfield, Dane Briggs, Tom Bright and Brad Treacher crossed for Grimsby’s tries, with the latter adding one conversion.
Grimsby’s Colts were also in action with a 15-10 home win over Boston thanks to tries from Billy Stainton and Callum Cook. Jacob Hodder kicked a conversion and a penalty. Boston’s man-of-the-match Cameron Fish and Bruno Hall scored the visitors’ tries.
Kesteven’s 1st XV lost 43-12 at Ashby, with their tries coming from Tony Woolerton and Dan Turner. Matt Grinney added one conversion.
In Midlands Four East (North), Boston made it eight wins from as many games with a 36-7 victory in a league and NLD Cup double header away at North Hykeham.
Will Scupham, James Griffin, Tom Hobbs, Sam Lempard, Jaron Cowern and Rowan Mason all scored a try for Boston, with the latter adding three conversions.
North Hykeham’s man-of-the-match Luke Barrett crossed for the hosts’ try, which was converted by Rob Booth.
Sam Beagley crossed for a hat-trick of tries as North Hykeham’s 2nd XV won 29-10 at Boston.
Andy Harlow and Karl Pilkington each scored a try, while Sam Maccies kicked two conversions. Robbie Jones and Dan Langford scored Boston’s tries.
Alex Nabais crossed for four tries as Cleethorpes’ 1st XV claimed a 46-12 victory over Gainsborough.
Andy Shaw, Isaac Machon, Scott Brown and Simon Layzell each scored a try for Cleethorpes, with Harry Lightfoot kicking three conversions.
Brad Beresford and Tudor Roberts scored Gainsborough’s tries, with Robbie Goodyear kicking one conversion.
Harry Moffat, Leon Stobart and Rob Titmus scored the tries as Sleaford won 17-5 at Skegness. Dan Mackie also kicked one conversion.
Skegness’ only try of the match came from Marcello Santini.
In the Women’s NC2 North (East), Sleaford Ladies lost 83-5 away against unbeaten league leaders Driffield.
Becca Grice scored the only try for Sleaford, who battled bravely throughout and held up a Driffield try in the closing minutes of the match.
The match between Kesteven Ladies and Boston Ladies was postponed.