Champions-elect Services romp to another win

Keiran Jones avoiding a tackle by two Fordingbridge players. Picture: K Woodland Photography/K Woodland
Keiran Jones avoiding a tackle by two Fordingbridge players. Picture: K Woodland Photography/K Woodland
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United Services remain on course to win the Hampshire one title after a thumping 57-23 home win over Fordingbridge.

The unbeaten home side extended their lead to 15 points following their league double over the New Forest visitors.

Director of rugby Matt Davis is thrilled with the progress of his team.

‘I am living the dream at the moment and it is a good place to be,’said Davis.

‘Fordingbridge gave us a much tougher game than the scoreline might suggest.

‘They gave us a lot of problems in the set-pieces.

‘Our three-quarters, however, were devastating and scored all our points.’

Winger Luke Peters raced in for four tries with fellow winger Ross Fairburn also grabbing a hat-trick.

Half-backs Jimmy Taylor and Ben Smith claimed the other two tries with Smith kicking the rest of Services points.

Sam Porter produced a storming performance in the forwards as Services punished the visitors whenever they made a mistake.

‘We are in a good position but since the start of the season we have only ever focused on the next game,’said Davis.

‘At this stage of the season we will continue to do the same because we still have a job to do.’

Petersfield suffered Hampshire Plate disappointment with a 17-5 semi-final defeat at the hands of Hampshire two Chineham at Penns Place.

Already badly hit by injury and unavailability the hosts lost hooker Jim Coombes-Excell and captain Chris Ellis to injury in the opening quarter.

The well-drilled visitors held the edge in possession and territory throughout leaving Petersfield living off scraps.

All the home side could manage was a late try from Monty Mavelin.

The other semi-final between Fareham Heathens and Millbrook was postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Cams Alders.

‘All the lads were disappointed because we were all geared up to go,’ said coach Bernie Rhodes.

‘We lost out in the final last year so we are determined to try and get there again.’