OVERTON RFC recorded their biggest win in 25 years as they hammered visiting Southampton 104-0 in Hants One.

The team ran in 16 tries their first came after Sam Clarke broke free on the halfway line and hacked the ball forcing Southampton’s defence to track backwards, but they were beaten in the speed race by Ryan Cornell for his first of five tries Overton secured the bonus point try after 20 minutes.

Along with Cornell the other try scorers were Dan Wright (4), Sam Clarke (3), Dan Sumpter (2), Richard Mackley, Tom Gough. For Clarke and Mackley it was their first tries for the club. Alex Plows kicked over 12 conversions.

Second placed Overton face an altogether tougher test on Saturday as they travel to Alton, who are fourth.

Overton team: Gavin Plows, Ashley Pearless, Elliott Buttle, Richard Mackley, Adam Kentell, Sam Clarke, Ryan Cornell, Tristan Harper, Dann Sumpter, Alex Plows, Alex Seabrook, Dan Wright, Chris Sheridan, Tom Gough, Damion Churchill, Nat Wood and Phil Gough.

Overton seconds continued their promotion push in Solent Two with a 32-5 at Portsmouth III.

It is impossible to name a man of the match for Overton such was the bodies on the line approach from them all.

Props Rhys Driver and Chase Rattnay and lock Ben Mackie were immense, Simon Everitt battled on through a heavy knee injury.

Adam McLeod and Michael Shepperd played as a man and a half each, Mark Meggison and Matt Simms returned from injury with teak like performances.

Marcus Blunden controlled the game for Overton from half back with Dave Clarke before the latter went off with damaged ribs.

Another plus about this side is that the youngsters are pulling ageing veterans with them. Paul Bond, Matthew Mason, Gary Wigmore and Graham Spinks have experience in spades.