KINGSCLERE were unable to upset the form book, as Hampshire One leaders Overton maintained their perfect start to the season with a 59-3.

The scoreline did not do justice to how the visitors played.

They made it very hard for the home side, especially in the first half and fought with real character and spirit.

The home side took the lead, when Tom Gough ran through a gap to score. Kingsclere replied with a penalty, but by half-time Overton led 19-3, after further tries from Ryan Cornell and Jay Inglis.

Overton started the second half strongly and Cornell scored his second try of the game. Almost straight from the restart, Tristan Harper claimed the ball and beat several defenders as he ran the length of the field to score under the posts.

James Read was the next to score as he crashed over from a yard and then Inglis went over twice to complete his hat-trick and Cornell then collected his third try. The boot of Alex Plows kicked seven conversions.

Overton’s next game is a tough top of the table clash at Alresford on January 7.

They have also received a tough draw in the Hampshire Plate semi-final, as they travel to Petersfield on February 4, who are currently Hampshire One leaders.

Overton seconds drew 10-10 at Winchester in the Solent Merit Two. The result keeps them second and they are home to Tottonian III on Saturday.