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Trojans hang on for vital victory
Trojans put a vital London 2 South-West victory on the scoreboard on Saturday to give them a mid-table spot following a rocky start to the season.
There was not much between the Stoneham Lane side and opponents Effingham & Leatherhead at the start of the day – both with ten points to their names.
But by the end of 80 minutes it was home side Trojans who had claimed five points with a 27-15 victory to leave the Eagles languishing just above the drop zone.
All of Trojans’ points came in the first half with winger Josh Fricker the first to touch down. He then made a great break which led to sustained pressure and Fraser Moncrieffe eventually getting the ball over the line under the posts.
Fricker crossed the whitewash for a second time before Trojans’ forwards put in a great drive for captain Dave Linton to touch down.
Trojans were 27-8 up at the break and had to show their defensive skills as Effingham made the most of a strong wind over the last 40 minutes. Trojans were down to 14 players at one point as Dan Corbett was yellow carded.
The visitors eventually got a consolation try ten minutes from time.
League newcomers Winch struggled the previous week against Tottonians so it was no surprise that a tough day at Gosport Park was on the cards.
Winch held an early 8-0 lead but that was soon swallowed up as Gos hit back with 11 tries and five conversions from Loz Wadham.
Gareth Jones led Gosport’s try-scoring list with four, followed by brother Christian who claimed a hat-trick, and others from Ben Madigan, Wes Dugan and Jordan Humphries.
Gos head coach Scott Ashley said: “Winchester weren’t mugs and they never gave up and we need to give them credit where credit’s due.”
Meanwhile Tottonians kept high-flying Gosport & Fareham and second-placed Guildford in their sights with a 52-14 success over Old Alleynians at Water Lane.
Totts ran in seven tries and fly-half Robbie Searle converted each and every one to go with a penalty.
Ali Ramus, playing in the second row, went over twice in the first half and there were also tries from full-back Scott Rogers and captain Mike Searle.
Scrum half Bryne Marshall got the ball over the line after the break and was followed by second row Olly Northover and centre Richard Buck.
Totts’ coach Gavin Williams said: “It was a very encouraging performance but we still have some improvements to make if we are to compete against the top two.
“Four tries in the first half and three in the second was great reward for the effort and industry showed by the players.
“OA’s are a decent side and the quality of our performance shouldn’t detract from the threat they posed us.
“I am really pleased with the platform the forwards are giving us and particularly excited by a second push over try in two weeks. We are looking forward to a huge challenge next week against Guildford.”
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