Ampthill DoR Mark Lavery called on his side to improve their composure after a well-contested 31-15 win over Nottingham.
James Flynn and Dave Ward secured a brace each in response to Luke Mehson’s runaway try before Will Brown ducked in for five.
Lavery said: “I think we started slowly – we’re our own worst enemy in not being accurate or composed enough. There was a keenness in the group to right the wrongs of the previous week which, invariable, means we overplayed. But as we finish tonight, we’re fourth in the competition!
“There’s a lot more to come from this group. We’re not realising that and a large part of it is composure. If we get that to work, you’ll see us in a better position than we are today.”
Ampthill made a strong start, with Aleki Lutui and Flynn both getting over the line in the first five minutes before being held up.
But the visitors struck with a seventh-minute penalty, Ed Coulson – who trialled at Dillingham Park last month – setting up Mehson to sprint from his own 10m line.
With Alex Dolly adding the extras, he was on target for three more points following a penalty for an error at the scrum on 14 minutes.
But Turner’s men worked their way back in, earning a line-out three minutes later that led to a maul which Flynn finished.
The try-scorer had to go off for a ‘head injury assessment’ six minutes later following a clash with Luke Cole.
But Jamie Jack, a former Nottingham man, filled the role brilliantly in the second try which Ward orchestrated just before half time, Louis Grimoldby converting.
The captain was called on again within seconds of the restart, Flynn bounding over the line after another maul.
Nottingham pressed, though, and came within millimetres when Jack Stapley found space on the right – but his tap was judged to have been short.
And Ampthill kicked on to secure their bonus point with another dominant maul, Ward striking on 55 minutes.
Nottingham thought they had scored five minutes later when Shaun Evans drove over – but referee Hamish Smales penalised the visitors for crossing.
Brown had been putting a shift in for defence but his moment came with eight minutes to go, kicking a loose ball from Charlie Beckett’s break before diving over the line.
No.8 Jordan Coghlan gave Nottingham a second try from a quick penalty on the five-metre line but Ampthill had done the work to surge up the table before their bye.
Lavery added: “It’s the composure as much as anything. There are certain times where we can stop trying so hard.
“If we compose, that will affect the accuracy. If we do that, the discipline will benefit and you can move the playing group on.”
Tries: Flynn 17, 42, Ward 39, 55, Brown 72
Cons: Grimoldby 18, 40, 43
Team (15-9/1-8): Hudson; Brown, Roberts, Sage (To’a 66), Foster; Grimoldby © (Bennett 73), Marsh (Bryan 66); Flynn (Jack 25, Flynn 32, Jack 46), Ward (Blackmore 61), Lutui (Collins 66); Beckett, Jones; Humfrey (Johnson 71), Bercis, Obano (Onojaife 61)
Tries: Mehson 7, Coghlan 80
Cons: Dolly 8
Pens: Dolly 14
Team (15-9/1-8): Coulson; Stapley, Thacker (Bedlow 80), Simonds, Mehson; Curtis, Dolly (Stronge 50); Sio (Betts 55), Cole © (Evans 61), Garside (O’Connor 55); Price (Ramshaw 55), Frost; Kirwan (Cox 50), Poullet (Ryan 61), Coghlan
Penalties conceded: 16-14
Line outs won: 11-7
Line outs lost: 3-4
Scrums won: 4-4
Scrums lost: 0-0
Sin Bins: 0-0
Red Cards: 0-0
Referee: Hamish Smales
Star Man: Alex Humfrey, Ampthill