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by Richard V Isaacs

Reigning Hampshire RFU Colts League champions Havant will enjoy their Christmas safe in the knowledge that they are ahead of the pack after securing a comfortable victory over a youthful Gosport and Fareham side on Sunday.

The Hooks Lane side are unbeaten in their four games and are two points ahead of the chasing pack at the mid-way point of the Hampshire RFU Colts League Cup Division season.

They ran in 11 tries in a 65-7 triumph at Gosport Park as eight players got themselves onto the scoresheet.  Tim Russell, Jerome Rudder and James Hutton led the way with two each while Oli May, Nick Bloomline, Dan Heyes, Casper Herd and Will Owen also crossed.

Hooker Jack Stillion got Gosport’s second-half consolation with Tim Kadavu adding the extras.

There was a brilliant game at Down Grange as Jersey U18s, fresh from a stroll around Winchester’s Christmas markets on Sunday morning, took home all the points in a 39-31 win over Basingstoke.

The game was treated to 12 tries in total and the lead continued to change hands throughout this enthralling encounter as the visitors opened up a 12 point lead but Basingstoke hauled their way back into the game through Gabe Glynn and Ed King.

Jersey hit back with another try but the hosts took the first-half lead 19-17 when Adam Warner grabbed a score in the corner, which was extended when Jack Saunders added their fourth.

But back came the Channel Islanders with another Archie Duncan try to complete his hat-trick but Warner posted a second to stretch the lead to 31-22 with time running out.

However, a late tackle saw ‘Stoke reduced to 14 men and Jersey took full advantage with Alex Cotton, Nathan Thomas and Euan Spencer, coupled with a fourth from Duncan gave the Reds the exciting success.

Jersey are now second on 14 points ahead of Trojans (13) and Winchester (9), who had their match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tottonians have maintained their hold on the top spot in the Bowl Divison with a 17-8 win over Ellingham and Ringwood.

Tristan Gay and Zayd Neseyif crossed in the first half and Callum Angus added one in the second for Totts but withheld any comeback from the E’s who scored through Will Bush.

Up into second place are Alton who won a feisty encounter with previously unbeaten New Milton and District 13-10 as Cameron Hamer’s first-half penalty all that split the sides.

Harry Manning and Joshua Hall scored a try either side of the break for the Black and Reds and held off the Foresters, who posted two second period scores through Pat Busby and Tom Hattab.

Milton are fourth, although they have a game in hand, behind Andover who were 22-13 winners over bottom side Portsmouth.

Two tries from Jamie Towlson, coupled with Owain Jones’ penalty gave Portsmouth the lead in response to Callum Farr’s double for the All Blacks.

But Ioan Gwynne Davies and Nick Cannon grabbed two tries in the second half to ensure the visitors took all the points back up the A34.

Farnborough took a big step towards challenging the runaway leaders Petersfield in the Plate North Division with an impressive 51-12 win over Overton as they ran in nine tries.

Nick Barry led the way with a brace as Luke Morley, Will Taylor, Callum Vines, Theo Hannah, Josh Wilder, Steven Moore and Rohan Gurung all added their names to the scoresheet and Jack Clapham hit three conversions.

Petersfield are still 10 points clear at the summit of the table as their opponents, Winchester B, failed to show up.

Just the one game took place in the Plate South Division and it was a win for Eastleigh that takes them to the top of the table.

They defeated winless Vectis 26-7 at Bishopstoke Rec, opening up a 21-7 interval lead when Nicholas Robson, Alex Patterson and Benjam Mills all went over for the home side in response to Harry Hopper’s try for the visitors.

Their victory was sealed when William Riglesford added their fourth try to put them two points clear of US Portsmouth, whose match with Trojans B was postponed.

 

LEAGUE TABLES at the HALF-WAY STAGE

 

 HAMPSHIRE CUP DIVISION

 

  P W D L F A PD Pts
Havant 4 4 0 0 196 39 157 16
Jersey 5 3 0 2 109 129 -20 14
Trojans 4 3 0 1 47 20 27 13
Winchester ‘A’ 3 2 0 1 127 29 98 9
Basingstoke 5 1 0 4 76 161 -85 8
Gosport & Fareham 5 0 0 5 12 189 -177 4

 

 

HAMPSHIRE BOWL DIVISION

 

  P W D L F A PD Pts
Tottonians 5 4 0 1 105 39 66 17
Alton 5 3 0 2 80 67 13 14
Andover 5 3 0 2 109 118 -9 14
New Milton & Dist. 4 3 0 1 122 38 84 13
Ellingham & R. 5 1 0 4 74 142 -68 8
Portsmouth 4 0 0 4 23 109 -86 4

 

 HAMPSHIRE PLATE SOUTH

 

  P W D L F A PD Pts
Eastleigh 4 2 0 2 53 66 -13 10
US Portsmouth 2 2 0 0 27 3 24 8
Fordingbridge 3 2 0 1 54 34 20 8
Trojans ‘B’ 2 1 0 1 49 22 27 4
Vectis 3 0 0 3 39 97 -58 3  


HAMPSHIRE PLATE NORTH

  P W D L F A PD Pts
Petersfield 5 5 0 0 93 65 28 20
Farnborough 4 2 0 2 88 60 28 10
Overton 4 1 0 3 79 118 -39 7
Winchester ‘B’ 3 0 0 3 22 39 17 1

 

 

 

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