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By Richard V Isaacs

 

Reigning Hampshire RFU Colts League champions Winchester suffered their first defeat of the campaign when they were surprisingly defeated by Jersey in the Cup Division last weekend.

 

The Channel Islanders recorded a 17-12 success at North Walls courtesy of tries from Daniel Brittain, Joe Tilstone and Archie Duncan cancelling out Dean Griffin and Ollie Cooke’s efforts for the home side.

 

It has allowed Trojans A to maintain their hold at the top of the table, standing two points clear of Jersey, who have six points for their victory and two defeats.

 

Basingstoke’s Academy side gave their club a much needed boost as they travelled to windswept Gosport Park and returned 25-5 to the good.Two tries from Daniel Mairs, alongside Ed King and Gabriel Glynn’s scores were enough to take all the points despite winger Jordan Beilig’s first half score for G&F.

 

Tottonians remain just ahead at the summit of the Bowl Division despite falling to a narrow 13-14 reverse to last season’s Bowl winners New Milton and District.

 

Totts grabbed a 10-0 interval lead with Zayd Wasayif going over and Ethan Riley hitting the conversion and a penalty but the Foresters went over twice through Ollie Tinley and Chris Brown and Dom Woodfines’ double conversions made the difference to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

 

Alton moved off the bottom of the table as they recorded a comfortable 19-5 success over Portsmouth, who replace them at the foot – Chris Wallis going over for the Rugby Camp men.

 

Vectis have played catch up in the Plate South division but sunk to two defeats – losing away at Fordingbridge last weekend 22-10 before going down 22-49 at home to Trojans B.

 

The Stoneham Lane side were 20-10 to the good at the break and stretched further away, scoring eight tries – Sean Nutthall and Tom Jones both going over twice while Kai Traynor posted nine points with the boot.

 

United Services and Fordingbridge share the spoils at the top of the table, both with eight points to their name.

 

In the Plate North, the talented Petersfield Colts are three wins from three following an 18-10 success over Farnborough with Joseph Heath crossing twice and team-mate Patrick Seaman also going over.  Dan Gray and Theo Hannah went over for ‘Borough.

 

And it was well done to the 13-men of Overton who went down to local rivals Winchester B and came away from North Walls with a 39-22 victory – their first of the season.

 

Jack Thompson and Nat Wood shared four of Overton’s seven tries – Rory Kerr, Sam Banks and Sam Clark also going over.  Rob Gillespie tried his best for Winchester, scoring twice while Will Paget and Dan Watson also did their bit for the hosts.

 


The Colts League returns to action again on Sunday 23rd November with a couple of matches in the Cup and Bowl divisions before a full programme of games returns the following Sunday.

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