LiveMATCHDAY LIVE - Basingstoke RFC v Old Elthamians

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  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 46
  • Big defeat for 'Stoke, who concede eight tries to their high-flying opponents.
  • Visitors lead 15-0 at half-time.
  • They wrap up the four-try bonus point early in the second half before running in a further four scores.


That's all from me for today. Remember to join Graham Merry for live coverage of the Basingstoke Bison's game against Milton Keynes later this evening.



A post-match interview with Basingstoke RFC director of rugby James Croker can be seen by clicking here.


A bad day for Basingstoke, who were very much second best all day, in pretty much every area.

Reaction to follow.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 46


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 46

Another conversion for White.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 44 - Renford Bennett (80)

Edwards makes the break before offloading to winger RENFORD BENNETT, who shows good hands before outpacing Gavin Dampies to score.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 39

Tom White adds the extras.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 37 - Jonny Williams (74)

JONNY WILLIAMS is a fine player on the Old Elthamians left wing. He evades several poor challenges to weave his way in for his second try of the afternoon.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 32

Humphries makes his first conversion of the afternoon.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 30 - Rob White (71)

An excellent clearance kick had 'Stoke on the back foot. They lost their own lineout on the 22 and replacement ROB WHITE got the chance to dive in under the posts.


The move ends as Ryan Travaskis attempts a reverse pass and it goes straight into opposition hands.


A great break from Andy Hore gives 'Stoke an attacking platform and they are up to the Old Elthamians 22. A penalty and they have an attacking lineout inside the 22.


Basingstoke make their second visit to the visitors' 22 and have an attacking lineout, but again a handling error gives Old Elthamians the ball back.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 25 - Paul Humphries (58)

Edwards' run resulted in a penalty, the visitors went for a lineout and fly-half PAUL HUMPHRIES dived over from close range.


A poor clearance kick gives Edwards the chance to run into the Basingstoke 22 and he is only just stopped short. Far too many tackles shaken off there.


Old Elthamians are back on the attack, driving Basingstoke back into their own 22 once more.


Matt Guilfoyle makes Basingstoke's best break of the game, getting his side over halfway. David Byett takes up the mantle, getting 'Stoke into the opponent's 22 for the first time, but the move comes to an end with a handling error.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 20 - Charlie Edwards (43)

That's the bonus point tied up. Flanker James Lindfield makes the break and while he is stopped short, scrum-half CHARLIE EDWARDS finishes the job, with the conversion again missed.


Old Elthamians immediately win an attacking lineout deep in the Basingstoke 22.


Basingstoke get the second half started.


A pretty poor first half for 'Stoke, who were unable to get much going attack-wise. Old Elthamians were comfortable.

It's hard to see the hosts getting back into this one, particularly as they will play into the wind after the break.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 15


Handling errors are Basingstoke's main problem. Not sure they've got into the Old Elthamians 22 yet.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 15 - Harry Ledger (32)

Old Elthamians make them pay, breaking into the 22 before flanker HARRY LEDGER forces his way over from close range. Another conversion missed though.


Rudi Kochanowski kicks but it's straight out of play, giving the visitors an attacking lineout.


Basingstoke clear the immediate danger as Tim Richards hacks away from almost on his own line. The clearance is completed as Old Elthamians drop the ball, giving 'Stoke a scrum just inside their own half.


The yellow card has meant that 'Stoke have had to replace Steve Hicks with replacement front row Rudi Kochanowski.


Steve Osborne - Basingstoke

The hosts will spend the next 10 minutes down to 14 as Osborne sees yellow for an infringement in his own 22.


Almost a replica of that second try as Williams broke down the left from a scrum. He had further to run this time and was just about stopped on the 22.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 10 - Jonny Williams (21)

A poor try to concede from the hosts. Straight from the scrum, winger JONNY WILLIAMS was fed on the blind side and he ran in unchallenged to touch down. Again the conversion is missed.


Another attacking platform for the visitors. This time after 'Stoke are penalised at their own scrum.


Basingstoke 0 Old Elthamians 5 (15 min)

This time the lineout leads to a rolling maul that takes the visitors over the line for a try. The conversion gets caught on the wind and goes wide.


They are stopped just short but 'Stoke are penalised and it's another attacking lineout.


Old Elthamians are in the 'Stoke 22 and have an attacking line out.


Unsurprisingly, it's not been a sparkling start. Bit of a forwards battle, with 'Stoke making handling errors whenever they get the ball.

They seem to have the advantage of the wind in this first half and really need to use it.


An Elthamians attack comes to an end as they are penalised for holding on in a ruck.


Old Elthamians get the game under way. They are wearing white. Don't expect the shirts to stay that colour for long.


The players are out and we are about to get the game under way.


The weather could play a major role today. The pitch is not in great shape, terribly cut up and muddy in places, while there is a really strong wind blowing across the pitch.



Basingstoke are without star man Adam Davies, while front row forward Jon Bird went down with sickness this morning.

Basingstoke: J Kochanowski; Guilfoyle, Gleadowe, Byett, Richards; Trevaskis, Dampies; Magee, Osborne, Coghlan, Salmon, Henderson, Hicks, Kiernan, Hore. Reps: R Kochanowski, Clark, Flower.

Old Elthamians: White; Bennett, Hamilton, D Bonner, Williams; Humphries, Edwards; J Bonner, Woodall, Porter, Vanner, Melford, Ledger, Lindfield, Shepherd. Reps: Fordham, Cantwell, White.


Good afternoon and welcome to live text commentary from a windy and decidedly soggy Down Grange, where Basingstoke are hosting Old Elthamians in National League Three London.


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