Four-some McAvoy powers Services to summit

Will Rolfe uses his power to burst through for United Services. Picture: Mick Young (14308-11)
Will Rolfe uses his power to burst through for United Services. Picture: Mick Young (14308-11)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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United Services stormed to the top of Hampshire one with a thumping 50-11 win over strugglers Southampton at Burnaby Road.

The visitors’ powerful forwards put up stern resistance but were eventually overrun by the rampant hosts.

‘It is a nice feeling to be top of the league,’ said director of rugby Simon Burns.

‘We are under no illusions, though, because our four closest rivals didn’t play and have games in hand.

‘Luckily for us we have our 3G pitch to call on when the weather is bad.

‘It is all about maintaining our winning mentality.

‘We are unbeaten since before Christmas and have the points on the board.

‘But with five games left there is still all to play for.’

Services got off to a flying start with two tries in the opening seven minutes through James McAvoy – his first of four in the game – and Wayne John.

Southampton hit back with two penalties before prop forward Will Rolfe burst through from 40 yards for Services on the stroke of half-time.

The visitors shocked their hosts at the start of the second half, reducing the arrears to 19-11 with their only try of the game.

But the response from Services was devastating as they hit back with three quick-fire tries in the space of five minutes.

Danny Johnson, Matt Davis and McAvoy all got through to end any hopes the visitors had of a fightback.

McAvoy crossed for two more tries before the end to seal the five-point bonus win.

‘We set off like a train but Southampton defended well after that,’ said Burns.

‘The players are chuffed with the performance and they are all enjoying their rugby.

‘We lost four games in the first half of the campaign but have already managed to turn two of those around by beating Bognor and Team Solent.’

Southsea Nomads piled more misery on Hampshire two basement side Alresford with a 52-0 win at Furze Lane.