Portsmouth found themselves overpowered by a powerful Basingstoke side as they suffered a 46-6 London one south defeat at Pack Lane.
City club coach Ian Chandler, right, admitted his side were well beaten, though felt the final score flattered the hosts.
‘Sometimes you have to admit you were second best when you come up against a very good side and Basingstoke were just that,’ said Chandler.
‘When they beat us at our place earlier in the season I felt they were the best side in our league.
‘This game only confirmed it in my eyes and I am convinced they will finish in the top two. I am surprised they are not sitting at the top.
‘In the first half we did well and only trailed 15-6 at the break.
‘Will Carpenter knocked over a couple of penalties and we should have had a third but took a quick penalty instead of kicking in front of the posts.
‘In the second half their pressure told.
‘We defended well but at times just ran out of defenders.’
Southsea Nomads’ relegation fears increased as they crumbled to a 51-0 Snows Group Hampshire one defeat against Petersfield at Furze Lane.
The hosts conceded nine tries in a one-sided rout.
United Services’ promotion ambitions suffered a set-back as they lost 36-29 in the New Forest against New Milton & District.
In Hampshire two, Fareham Heathens lost 21-14 at high-flying Aldershot & Fleet but Locks Heath Pumas picked up a sixth win of the season with an 18-5 victory over Fawley.