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Leaders toppled by battling Millbrook
It’s all change for the leading pack in Snows Group Hampshire 1 – with Team Solent students going top of the class.
They replace Andover, the only front runners not to win last Saturday, who tumble down to sixth.
Andover lost out to battling Millbrook, who were rewarded with second place in the table for their never-say-die attitude, while Fordingbridge held on to third spot with victory over Farnborough and Bognor stepped up a place with a comfortable win against Romsey.
Team Solent’s 49-17 triumph at home to Overton may not have been a polished performance, but the side rarely looked to be under too much strain from their opponents.
Solent’s try scorers were winger Tom Brind, who touched down twice, fly-half Tom Morton, winger Jack Scott, scrum half Ash Saunter, back rowers Dan Cruse and Josh Berry and replacement Will West.
Matt Bishop said: “To be fair to Overton they stuck to their rolling maul and keeping-it-tight game plan and were rewarded with three gritty tries, but in the end, as long as we kept it away from them and let the backs flow, we always looked a threat.”
Millbrook bounced back from giving away two soft tries in as many minutes to defeat Andover at Five Acres.
Visitors Andover were first to get the ball across the line but Brook hit back through some good fowards’ play – Mike Trench touching down.
A Brook penalty gave them a slight lead but weak defending then handed Andover two tries – both starting from line-outs around the centre of the park.
Andover went further ahead after the break with a penalty.
Brook’s Rich Colmer reduced the lead to six points with two penalties as they started a comeback – with Macca McNeish leading by example in the forwards.
The home side put another converted try on the board before Colmer picked up a loose ball to sprint in and score.
Andover hit back with a penalty and Millbrook had to hold on for ten minutes while Lee Taylor was sin binned.
Replacement and new signing Mike Thomas, playing at outside centre, made several searing breaks, one of which released winger Mike Randell to go over for the bonus point try.
Captain Randell said: “We really put in the team performance we’ve been working towards.
“To come back into the game and get the bonus point win was a great result and the comeback’s a real credit to the effort from all 18 players.”
Fordingbridge lived dangerously but did just enough to beat Farnborough 26-18 and hold on to third place on points difference in a scrappy match.
Bridge prop John Dossitt scored a try in each half and Dan Brown also crossed the line.
But it was Mark Hammond’s boot that sealed the victory – his two late penalties gave his side breathing space after a fightback from Farnborough. Hammond had earlier slotted home a penalty and conversion.
There was a promising first team debut from blindside flanker Aaron Kew, a former colt who was 19 last week.
Southampton registered their first win of the season as they defeated Isle of Wight 32-29 across The Solent.
Saints’ tries came from Julian Robins, Chris Milne, Alex Debacker and a penalty try.
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