OVERTON RFC returned to winning ways with 41-0 win over Southampton in Hampshire One.

It erased from the memory last week's defeat against Fawley when Overton threw away a 15-0 half-time lead.

Overton fumbled the kick-off, but mauled well and soon had Southampton going backwards. The first score came from no. 8 Ryan Cornell who picked up and drove over from a ruck 10 metres out.

This was closely followed by a touch down for full back Tommy Gough as pressure on the Southampton back line forced a mistake in the Overton 22 and Gough was able to kick and chase for the score.

A further try from Adrian Lottering saw Overton 17-0 up after 30 minutes. Then on the stroke of half time, Dann Sumpter scored.

The second half started with a good touch down from Simon Foot. Alex Plows controlled the game well from stand off.

The score of the game followed with a neat backs move which allowed Gough to carve his way through the defence.

The back row pairing of Ryan Cornell and captain Tristan Harper continued to cause Southampton problems all over the park.

Overton scored a seventh try through inside centre Ollie Maxwell. All the conversions were added by Plows. Overton seconds were able to post a 25-17 win at home to Eastleigh III.

Overton were always in front although Eastleigh did get within two points of the home side before Overton scored twice in the final quarter to pull clear.

The well blended team of youth and experience that manager Paul Bond has put together this season continue to post impressive results and have the ability to close ranks to finish games off.

There was a partisan crowd on the touchline as Andover arrived on-mass to cheer on Eastleigh. Following last week’s historic win in Andover this win for Overton saw them move to equal top in the Merit table league standings although Andover stay on top with a superior point’s difference. Next week both teams will hope to continue their winnings ways in the league as the firsts travel to Southsea Nomads and the seconds go to local rivals Alresford seconds. This could see the seconds move to the top of their table and first cement themselves in third position.

Also in Hampshire Two Kingsclere suffered a 29-0 loss at Fawley and this week they are at home to Alton.

CHINEHAM RFC romped to 45-0 win over Hampshire One bottom side Locksheath Pumas and they are away at fourth placed Fordingbridge this weekend.

TADLEY RFC enjoyed a narrow 17-14 win at Hungerford which keeps them fourth in the Berks Bucks and Oxon Premier, but they a tough game this weekend as they entertain second placed Milton Keynes.

In the Championship Aldermaston lost 29-12 at Farlington and on Saturday they are at home to Farnham Royal.