SANDBACH are champions of the Midlands League Division Three West (North) at the first attempt.
The Bradwall Road club were shifted to the Midlands side of the local rugby pyramid in a reshuffle last summer.
And they have found the switch refreshing, clinching the title with two games to play. Saturday's success, along with second-placed Sutton Coldfield's defeat, leaves them six points clear with just two games to play.
A club spokesman said: 'The team didn't flow or play well at all, but still had enough to beat one of the mid-table teams. In essence we've won the league, and deservedly so. Well done, boys!'
A bad-tempered first half finished 12-10 to the hosts as Sandbach ended with 14 men after Andy Lee had been sin-binned. Dan Massey had bagged a try, with the rest from the boot of Lee Pickles.
But the second half was one-way traffic. Ross Stitt scored a try, while Pickles took the score to 32 with another try, two conversions and a pair of penalties.
Warrington 30 Crewe & Nantwich 11: Injury-hit Crewe were well beaten by a strong Warrington side on Saturday.
They were up against it even before kick-off, with the news that only two of the regular backline were available.
Rory Drysdale was also injured, and matters worsened when prop Chris Pemberton retired with damaged ribs early on. Warrington capitalised by bagging a pair of unconverted tries.
But Crewe took an unlikely 11-10 lead into the break thanks to two penalties and an unconverted try, all from Lynch.
They lost second row Phil Alcock for two spells of 10 minutes due to a nasty cut on the nose after the break. He was replaced on both occasions by coach Nick Price.
Dominant Warrington scored a further three tries, a conversion and a penalty to ease to victory.
Meanwhile, Simon Wall's last-gasp conversion helped Crewe 2nds pip Stockport 3rds 14-12 after a scintillating fightback.
After trailing 12-0 for most of the match, a tap and charge saw Bobby George smuggle the ball over the line for an unconverted try with 12 minutes left.
In the final minute, debutant Chris Sproston went over to score, and Wall did the rest. The 3rds lost 32-13 at North Manchester. n Holmes Chapel are through to the Halbro Plate Final after a 10-0 win over Buxton 2nds. A Steve Hatton try and five points from the boot of Simon Kelly earned a place in the final at Heaton Moor on May 5.