Winchester put a run of five London 2 South-West defeats behind them in style as they claimed the scalp of one of the league’s top teams.

There were plenty of clubs separating Winch and hosts KCS Old Boys at the start of the game – Winch were fourth from bottom and their hosts fourth top.

And it was two evenly-matched packs that contributed to Winchester’s best game of the season so far as they came away with a 24-17 win.

The victory came courtesy of three individual tries but Winchester’s Matt Golding was quick to praise his side’s all round teamwork.

He said: “From one through to 18 today, we really pulled it out of the bag; we showed grit and we ground out the performance we have been searching for all season.”

The first of the three tries came from Guy Mawhood’s quick penalty which, following Ollie Dunger’s conversion and earlier penalty, put them 10-6 up.

Back came Kings with a try to finish the first half a point ahead but Dunger took the pressure off when he intercepted and broke the length of the field to put down under the posts.

Two long-range penalties from the home side got the scores level at 17-17 before Winch struck with their third try.

Matt Golding stole a lineout and support play took them into the KCS 22 before the move was finished off under the posts by Steve Walker for Dunger to convert.

Winchester: O Dunger, A Yeats, F Bagnall, A Dandy, O Ashton, C Preston, G Mawhood, B Turner, A Lee, J Beavan, M Golding, S Hadlington, A Hiscock, S Walker, G Martin. Rep: J Funes, D Wandless, D Scotland.

It proved to be as tough a test as expected when Eastleigh travelled to SW2 leaders Camberley.

The second from bottom side were hammered 70-0 by their Surrey hosts who have only lost once this season, to London Exiles.

Charlie Boyes came the closest for Eastleigh but his effort was deemed held up.

The rest of the game was a master class in attacking rugby from the home side, as Eastleigh were exposed by the overlap out wide.

Gosport earned themselves a point with a battling performance at Old Tonbridgians.

Gos lost 26-23 but went over the line three times – fullback Alex Heron, wing Rory Penfold and number 8 Sean Shepherd all touching down.