It’s a been a difficult start to the new year for Hook and Odiham RFC, but the Stags got back to their winning ways last Saturday with a brilliant performance against Alresford.

The game stated with a new centre partnership of Toby Aston and Jack Edwards and within two minutes that relationship saw Jack go under the posts. Part of the basics were to simply communicate and look to support better, the harmony had been set and it wasn’t long before more tries were scored.

Last game’s try scorer Josh Moverly, who seems to be on form, picked up another. Further tires from the Stags’ most capped player Col Lewis with Ross Downs and Tom Hopkins also adding and with three conversions from Tom Hopkins they took a healthy 31 – 0 lead at half time.

With little to be said at half time it was up to the players to hold out and maintain discipline. However, with two high tackles made within one minute of each other, the Stags saw two in the bin and therefore 13 on the pitch. Excellently though, the defence kept their discipline and Alresford couldn’t take any advantage.

Tries poured in once more with the full complement back – a second try for both Tom Hopkins and Ross Downs pushed the score out, Jack Messenger on at half time picked one up with the final score going to Toby Aston.

A few extra conversions meant that the Stags walked away with a very satisfying 57–0 win.