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- Wins for Filton, Hartpury, St.Paul’s, Gosforth and Oaklands
Filton, Hartpury, St.Paul’s, Gosforth and Oaklands were the teams to come away smiling following the most recent round of RFU AASE league fixtures.
At Henley Rugby Club’s Dry Lees ground Filton College produced a classy display to beat Henley College 40-8.
Filton have been the nearly men this season having been on the wrong side of some tight results in a highly competitive AASE League South, but they were thoroughly convincing on Wednesday evening, using their open and attractive running game to good effect.
Filton wing Elias Caven was first on the scoresheet for the Bristol side after some good handling between the midfield partnership of Lucas Slowik and Chay Smith.
Filton's high tempo game was rewarded with a second try when lively scrum half Andy Uren scored from a quick tap.
But the try of the match was scored before half time with Filton's third. A move which was started inside Filton's twenty two saw the ball shifted from one side of the pitch to the other through several pairs of hands before No. 8 Brad Kislingbury trotted in.
Henley only managed a penalty through fly half Liam Shields, to leave the score 18-3 to the visitors at the break.
Caven got his second try of the night with the first score of the second half after a strong break from Slowik. Not to be outdone, Kislingbury scored his second after running a smart inside line.
Filton crossed again to really put the game to bed before Henley captain Will Morrison scored a try to reward endeavor. Morrison formed a strong partnership with fellow lock Shek Sheriff on the night.
Filton will hope to use the result as a platform to launch an attack on some of the teams sitting above them in the league in the second half of the season, whilst Henley will be looking for big improvement.
Top of the table clash
In a top of the table clash in the southern league Hartpury and Truro, the two sides with only one loss to their name, met for a showdown in Cornwall.
In a tight and tense battle in typically challenging Cornish conditions, AASE champions Hartpury battled to a 14-7 win against the Cornish college who have taken some big scalps of late.
Hartpury scored tries through Sam Westcott and Will Hayward and survived a second half onslaught from the home side, desperate to maintain their unbeaten home record.
Despite the win, Hartpury head coach Sean Marsden refused to get carried away with tough fixtures still ahead.
He said: “It was a tough day against a good side, and the conditions made it difficult for both sides. It was a game of two halves; we didn’t take enough of our opportunities in the first half and Truro came at us in the second half, so we put in a good defensive display to hold on.
“It was a good win in a difficult place to win, but we can’t afford get carried away as there are some big matches ahead in a very difficult league.”
Hartpury’s opponents next week St.Paul’s made a useful return to rugby post half term with a 41-17 win against Ivybridge.
St.Paul’s scored six tries on the night including a brace for lock Ollie Curry, and tries from Elliot Cox, Cameron Smith, Eddie Lewis and Chiltern Holbert.
St.Paul’s captain Ryan Bifield reflected: “At times we were superb however our penalty count let us down considerably. It's a great platform to work off of leading up to our big game Next week against Hartpury.
“We will be having a tough few days training ahead of us to make sure we are firing on all cylinders come Wednesday. We are looking forward to the encounter and are excited by the task ahead."
In the AASE league North Gosforth edged a tough encounter with Moulton College 22-18 in the North East.
Gosforth scored three tries on the day through Callum Thompson, Alex Duke and James Cooney in a game won through spirit according to Gosforth’s AASE manager PJ Butler: “"It was a game we were never able to dominate and the lead changed hands on several occasions, our performance wasn't perfect but we adapted well to some late changes and the lads showed a lot of courage and determination to hold on for the win."
In the only other Northern League fixture Oaklands recorded a 24-15 win against Worcester Sixth Form College.