London 3 South-West Eastleigh displayed their promotion pedigree for the second week in a row as they held on to top spot.

The Bishopstoke Road side followed up their victory over former leaders Farnham by getting the better of visitors Old Cranleighans, who remain in third place despite the 18-10 defeat.

Eastleigh went ahead in the opening minutes when Adam Kidd drove over the whitewash from a line-out Dan Achilles spent ten minutes on the sideline after being yellow carded for a ‘no arms’ tackle and Cranleighans used the one-man advantage to zip over the line and go ahead from the following conversion.

Strong attacking play at the start of the second half netted Eastleigh three points - they forced a penalty at the breakdown and fly-half Phil Baldwin split the posts.

Another penalty was kicked to touch and, from the line-out and drive, Martin Kirby got the ball over the line to set up Baldwin for the extra two points.

Both sides added three more points to the scoreboard before the end of the game – which became niggly and featured several yellow cards and a red for the visiting scrum half. OC added a penalty kick while Eastleigh managed a long-range drop goal from Baldwin.

Millbrook are at the opposite end of the table to Eastleigh but have shown signs of steadying the ship following seven defeats on the bounce.

Brook started off life in SW3 with a win at US Portsmouth on the opening day of the season but have struggled since.

However coach Mark Randall and his squad did earn a point at Bognor who leapfrogged their opponents with a 27-22 victory.

It was an uphill task for Brook for much of the game as injuries meant they had to compete with a bare 15.

Randall said: “It was always going to be tough between us but it was good; a cracking game and we deserved to get more out of it than we got. The win was there, definitely.

“We played 50 minutes with 15 players and had to reorganise quite early in the game.”

Chad Marshall scored two of Brook’s tries with Ryan Sellwood getting the other and Mark Colmer kicking two conversions and a penalty.

Randall added: “The boys did well and manned up and I couldn’t ask for more really.

“They got a point out of something that could have been nothing and I think we will beat them next time when we play them at home.”

Trojans had to settle for a losing bonus point in a low-scoring and evenly-matched home clash with Basingstoke.

The north Hampshire side were 3-0 up at the break as the teams took turns to attack but without really threatening.

Trojans were forced to defend the opening stages of the second half and did so without conceding before winger Charlie Pooley put them into the lead.

They were stopped short on a couple of occasions as they looked to increase their lead – opting for scrums rather than kicking penalties.

Basingstoke struck with the winning points with five minutes to go, nailing a penalty from just inside the Trojans half for a 6-5 win.