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'Stoke coach disappointed but proud after defeat
BASINGSTOKE RFC director of rugby James Croker was left with mixed emotions after seeing his side come up just short away at Chichester.
'Stoke trailed their London One South promotion rivals 14-0 after just four minutes of Saturday's game in Sussex and were 24-6 behind early in the second half.
The visitors then launched an outstanding comeback, with tries from Adam Davies, Karl Buttle and Will Ford putting them 28-27 ahead late on.
However, Chichester scored a try and a penalty in stoppage time to claim a 35-28 win, leaving Basingstoke director of rugby James Croker disappointed but proud.
“We cannot give sides a lead like we did on several occasions today, particularly in the first half,” he said. “I was pleased with our response in the second half and to come back from an 18 point deficit to take the lead was brilliant.
“During that period we showed that we can be the best team in the league but until we can put together sustained phases of play for periods of time we will always come up short.”
See The Monday Gazette for a full report.