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Ash Paterson ends 'Stoke career on a winning note
ASH Paterson signed off his career at Basingstoke RFC on a winning note, as he helped ’Stoke to a 36-15 victory over Thurrock.
The full-back kicked the final conversion in the game – which was a fitting way to end four years with the club.
Before the start of Saturday’s game, Paterson was presented with a framed action picture by Basingstoke RFC chairman Dr Steve Tristram and ’Stoke coach Will Croker.
Paterson, who is taking up a new job in Wolverhampton, was touched by the gesture and said: “It was a nice touch by the club to present the picture to me and I have really enjoyed the past four years playing for Basingstoke.
“I think the beers after the game were more emotional than playing my final game and it was great to finish with a win.”
Paterson is planning to return and watch a few games when he can, and has every faith in his former team-mates for the rest of the season.
The full-back said: “We had a tough start, but now we have won our last two games and there is no way this team is going down. I have every faith that the boys will do well.”
Basingstoke RFC coach Will Croker paid tribute to the departing Paterson and said: “Ash is one of the most enthusiastic and loyal players I have worked with at the club.
“He can play in any position in the back division, and is just as good in any of them.
“It is shame he is leaving, but he has a new job, and all at the club wish him well.”
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