'Stoke claim victory in big promotion clash

BASINGSTOKE RFC are just one point off second-placed Chichester in the London One South standings after beating the Sussex side 26-16 at Down Grange on Saturday.

The hosts led 9-6 following an early flurry of penalties and scored the opening try of the game through centre Freddie Gleadowe on 33 minutes.

They were 14-6 in front at the break and while Chichester kicked another penalty early in the second-half, a second try of the game for Gleadowe and Gareth Kelly's score put 'Stoke 26-9 ahead.

The visitors pulled seven points back by scoring a converted try - but Basingstoke held on to win, denying Chichester any league points.

See The Monday Gazette for a full report, reaction and pictures from the game.

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