Hart­pury still bot­tom after Fri­day de­feat

Western Daily Press - - Boxing, Golf -

HART­PURY re­main bot­tom of the GKIPA Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing their 25-8 de­feat away to Lon­don Scot­tish on Fri­day night.

Luke Cozens gave the vis­i­tors an early 3-0 lead, but this was soon can­celled-out by the hosts’ Rory Jen­nings.

Rob Steven­son put Scot­tish in front when Hart­pury coughed up pos­ses­sion cheaply and he ran in un­der the posts.

Jen­nings con­verted and also added a penalty to make it 13-3 to the hosts at half-time.

Scot­tish got well on top in the sec­ond half, although it was not un­til the 57th minute that they ex­tended their lead, Grayson Hart darted over from close in and Jen­nings again con­vert­ing.

Hart­pury at least kept the home side out for much of the re­main­der, although Matt David­son at last barged his way over for an un­con­verted score.

There was still time for Ben Fo­ley to catch out the Scot­tish de­fence for a con­so­la­tion try, but Hart­pury were well beaten.

■ In Na­tional League One, midtable Cin­der­ford saw off Lough­bor­ough Stu­dents 45-36 in a highly-en­ter­tain­ing en­counter that pro­duced 13 tries.

The vis­i­tors got off to a fly­ing start through sec­ond row Thibaud Fla­ment, but the home side came back with an Alex Frame score.

Cin­der­ford took the lead when hooker Nathan Tay­lor got the ball over the try line, then winger Sam Smith showed some good foot­work to score un­der the posts.

Tay­lor then added the bonus­point try, but Fla­ment sec­ond try made it 24-14 at the in­ter­val.

The home side were first to score in the sec­ond half when Toby Da­bell went over, but winger Alex Glashan re­sponded.

Two fur­ther tries for Cin­der­ford from re­place­ment hooker Tom Boz­zard and cen­tre Jack Hayes, both of which were con­verted, stretched the lead to 45-19.

The Stu­dents re­fused to give up, though, and Jack Moates, Fla­ment for his hat-trick, and Harry Ma­honey all scored late tries.

■ Taun­ton Ti­tans are up into sec­ond place in Na­tional Two South after win­ning their sixth suc­ces­sive game – 27-17 over vis­it­ing Birm­ing­ham & Soli­hull.

How­ever, there is a 15-point gap be­tween Ti­tans and lead­ers The Rams, who com­fort­ably beat Old Al­ba­ni­ans 36-21 at home.

The crunch for Ti­tans comes this com­ing week­end when they play away to Can­ter­bury, in third, who sur­pris­ingly lost 23-20 away to Dings Cru­saders.

With only two points sep­a­rat­ing Ti­tans and Can­ter­bury, it is a must-win game for both teams.

In a scrappy game through­out, Ti­tans’ try-scor­ers were Ol­lie Rice (2), the first after 35 sec­onds, Sam Brown, Char­lie Wil­liams and Aron Stru­min­ski

Else­where, Clifton won 49-29 at Wor­thing, and Old Reds beat the Lon­don Ir­ish Wild Geese 37-22.

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