OVERTON RFC strengthened their chances of promotion to Hampshire One with a thumping 79-3 victory over visiting strugglers Southsea Nomads.

This leaves them second with one game to play, against Lymington Mariners on April 8.

On Saturday leaders Alresford host third-placed Alton.

If Alton come away with a victory then it really will still be all to play for going into the last round.

Against visiting Nomads, it was the home side that got most things right.

The pack dominated and a hatful of tries were scored.

Nomads showed good rugby in phases, but Overton were in a ruthless mood.

Behind a dominant pack, which included the athletic young lock Tom Jolly, the back row were a real handful, Ryan Cornell and Tristian Harper being their typical go-forward selves.

But the real threat from this side comes with ball in hand as they ran in 13 tries, collecting the bonus point after 20 minutes.

Jonathan Inglis led the scoring with a hat-trick, with braces from Cornell, Damien Churchill and captain Harper.

Single scores came from Sam Clarke, Jolly, Tom Gough and Matt Simms.

The conversions were added by Alex Plows and Dan Wright.

This weekend, Overton face Kingsclere in a friendly.