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Injury-hit Eastleigh hit back for a win
Players operating out of their normal position and last-minute stand-ins rose to the occasion for Eastleigh.
The first XV were hit hard by injury and unavailability late last week but still managed to put a side together to defeat newly-promoted New Milton 20-17 in London 3SW.
New Milton got on the scoreboard first with an unconverted try from Chris Conacher but the home side hit back with a Jon Lynch penalty.
A period of Eastleigh pressure was rewarded on 30 minutes when prop Andy King went over for his opening first team try as Milton were reduced to 14 men for ten minutes.
A penalty from Lynch after the break put Eastleigh 13-5 up but they then lost centre Dave Craddock to a yellow card, allowing New Milton to strike with a second try from Conacher, converted by Owen Hymers.
Eastleigh wing Ash Holland touched down out wide and Lynch converted as the home side kept a grip on the game.
Milton had the final say with an Andy George try which earned his battling side a point.
Eastleigh head coach Andy Boyes said: “I was pleased with the result given the number of changes we had to make due to injury and availability.
“We had a number of players playing out of position. I felt we dominated New Milton in all areas in the first half, spending much of the time in their half.
However, in the second half we didn’t keep up the pressure and we let them back into the game.”
Ellingham & Ringwood kept their 100 per cent record with their first win at Old Mid Whitgiftian.
Things got off to a bad start for the Es with a disrupted coach journey, which meant they arrived at the ground just 40 minutes before kick off.
Ellingham fullback Dominic Pitt scored his second hat-trick of the season and further tries were scored by wing three quarter Dan Stewart (2) and centre Rob Smith. Charlie Cockram also kicked five conversions and a penalty.
Ellingham & Ringwood captain Duncan Soden said: “This was probably our toughest game of the season so far. I was very pleased with the way we settled quickly after the difficult journey.
“It’s good to see that our pack are playing very aggressively while our three quarters are looking clinical in their finishing”.
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