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First defeat for E&R
Ellingham & Ringwood’s unbeaten London 3 South-West record took its first dent of the season as they were beaten 32-18 at leaders KCS Old Boys.
The game was a lot closer than the score suggests, but KCS were the better side on the day – with the New Forest team missing some key players, particularly in the front row.
The Es scored three tries through full back Dominic Pitt, lock forward Ben Warren and hooker Joe Tarrant. Centre Charlie Cockram also kicked a penalty.
Ringwood’s director of rugby, Steve Anderson, said: “This was a disappointing result which has dented our promotion hopes. But it’s a long season and we’ve now got to work that much harder if we’re to achieve our objective.”
Farnham kept pace with KCS – they are both on 31 points – with a 57-10 success at Sandown & Shanklin.
Eastleigh left it late but came from behind to beat lowly Old Wellingtonians 20-14 to take third spot.
Exciting open play from home side Wellies gave them a 7-0 lead before Eastleigh hit back with a Jon Lynch penalty – he also converted a try from Dan Achillies following a six-phase move in front of the posts.
Wellingtonians then turned around a three-point half-time deficit to go ahead before Lynch got the visitors to within a point with a penalty.
The winning try came from captain Russell Smith four minutes from time when he got on the end of a move from Pete Noonan and Mickey Holmes.
Smith said: “Wellies move the ball around well and other sides have said that their play does not reflect their position in the league.
“There was a point in the game when I thought we were going to throw it away but we did well and our tight five worked their socks off.”
New Milton & District travelled to London Exiles on the back of a good home win and full of confidence.
And expectations were given an extra boost after two minutes when Ali Neal touched down.
But things went downhill from there and the visitors never crossed the line again.
Exiles got a try just before the break for a 5-5 scoreline and their hard tackling paid off as they went on to win 13-5.
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