Fareham Heathens moved up to second in Hampshire one with a confident 20-0 win over Chineham at Cams Alders.
Heathens never looked like losing but coach Bernie Rhodes was disappointed to miss out on the bonus point.
In the first half we didn’t make the most of the elements which were in our favourBernie Rhodes
He felt they should have converted their good play into more points.
‘We definitely left the bonus point on the pitch and that was frustrating,’ said Rhodes.
‘In the first half we didn’t make the most of the elements which were in our favour.
‘We were slow to get going and were allowing Chineham to ruck us off the ball.
‘The Chineham pack were dynamic and prevented us from getting any quick clean ball.
‘When we did get possession we were making good yardage.’
Heathens finally made the breakthrough after 20 minutes with a simple Cam Guthrie penalty from in front of the posts.
The home side then extended their lead with a try on the stroke of half-time.
Outside-centre Rob Impey ran a terrific line to cut through the visiting defence and offload for full-back Ryan Keary to go over for the try.
‘I had a strong word with the team at half-time and the players knew what had to be done against the wind in the second half,’ said Rhodes.
It took the home side just seven minutes to extend their lead after the break.
A good move down the left-hand side ended with prop-forward Richard Green in space to go over for a try on the outside.
It continued to be a torrid battle in the forwards and Heathens worked hard to gain ground upfield.
Three times they broke into the Chineham twenty-two but failed to capitalise until the closing stages when Keary outwitted the defence to score under the posts.
Guthrie completed the points tally by adding the conversion.
‘I have to be pleased with progress because we have not lost since the opening game of the season,’ said Rhodes.
‘It means we can go into the Christmas break in a good position.
‘Before that, though, we have a summit meeting with unbeaten league-leaders Bognor next weekend.
‘The feeling is we can come away from that game with something.’