BASINGSTOKE coach Will Croker questioned his side's tactics after their disappointing 14-5 defeat away at Wimbledon.

The hosts spent a total of 30 minutes down to 14 men due to yellow cards - but 'Stoke failed to take advantage, scoring their only try late on, when the game was effectively lost.

It was a poor day all round for Basingstoke. Their play was blighted by errors, while they also missed several penalty attempts on their way to a defeat that leaves them 10 points behind second place in the London One South table.

Director of rugby James Croker was unable to take his normal place on the sideline after spending two nights in hospital during the week.

His brother and forwards coach Will was left to reflect on a defeat that leaves Basingstoke needing a major turnaround to finish in the top two.

“The lads gave a lot of effort and commitment out there but it was not to be,” he said.

“We did not help ourselves by failing to turn pressure into points to keep in touch and I question whether we were tactically astute as they were down to 14 men on three occasions but we did not make them pay.”

See the latest Gazette for a full report.