'Stoke beat bottom side Old Colfeians

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

BASINGSTOKE RFC maintained their winning run in London One South - but missed out on a bonus point against basement side Old Colfeians.

Strong rain and a heavy pitch proved to be a real leveller at Down Grange on Saturday afternoon and both sides struggled in an attritional first half, Basingstoke leading 6-0 at the break thanks to two Ash Paterson penalties.

The hosts had a good spell after the break, with converted tries from Will Ford and Paterson extending the lead to 20 points - but they failed to go on and claim the four-try bonus point. The visitors got a late try themselves, making the final score 20-5.

See this week's Monday Gazette for a full report, reaction and pictures from the game.

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