'Stoke boss disappointed by failure to clinch bonus point

Basingstoke and Old Colfeians battle for the ball at a boggy Down Grange.

Basingstoke and Old Colfeians battle for the ball at a boggy Down Grange.

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

BASINGSTOKE RFC director of rugby James Croker was left disappointed after watching his side fail to take maximum points from their home game against London One South basement side Old Colfeians.

’Stoke won Saturday’s game at Down Grange 20-5 but missed out on the four-try bonus point and lost ground on the league’s top two as a result.

Driving rain played a part in Basingstoke’s failure to put winless Old Colfeians to the sword, turning the match into a war of attrition.

The hosts led 6-0 at half-time, thanks to a pair of Ashley Paterson penalties, and had their best spell of the match early in the second half – Will Ford and Paterson going over to extend the lead to 20 points. However, they were unable to build on this and it was the visitors who scored the final try of the match.

Basingstoke remain third in the table – but the gap between them and second-placed Chichester is up to five points.

Croker said: “We wanted the bonus point and we have not got it so ,we are disappointed. Will it be crucial? We will see at the end of the season.

“In those sort of conditions, errors are going to happen – but I was disappointed with the way we reacted to them. In the first half, the players looked like they thought the world was against them because it was not going their way.

“The main thing, though, is that we won. We are a better team than we showed today but we did get the win.”

See the latest edition of the Gazette for a full report.

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1:18pm Tue 27 Nov 12

avg3 says...

Junior what happened buddy ? Think you have to take some of the blame fella.
Look at the end when they marched you 20 metres off a driving line out to score, your forwards way way to high on contact.
Also why don't you one on one sack mate ?
If they had not fumbled/knocked on the one on the 5 metre line in the first half you would not have defended that either,as both your props are way to high on contact, don't jack a pod, let them have it and sack one on one mate.

And Crokes question for you buddy why or why in the first half were you trying to play mid Sept rugby in weather like that, pointless.
12 should have got up early over the gain line and you play pick and drive a bit instead of throwing it about.
Let the single digit boys do some work and carry a bit.
Anyway a win, point lost but a win, now for those Dons good job its a week off this week, plenty of work to be done.
Junior what happened buddy ? Think you have to take some of the blame fella. Look at the end when they marched you 20 metres off a driving line out to score, your forwards way way to high on contact. Also why don't you one on one sack mate ? If they had not fumbled/knocked on the one on the 5 metre line in the first half you would not have defended that either,as both your props are way to high on contact, don't jack a pod, let them have it and sack one on one mate. And Crokes question for you buddy why or why in the first half were you trying to play mid Sept rugby in weather like that, pointless. 12 should have got up early over the gain line and you play pick and drive a bit instead of throwing it about. Let the single digit boys do some work and carry a bit. Anyway a win, point lost but a win, now for those Dons good job its a week off this week, plenty of work to be done. avg3
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