Basingstoke RFC scrapped their way to a hard-earned fourth win in a row on Saturday against Trojans.
Gareth Hatherley-Hurford’s side were really made to work hard for their victory, as they ground out a 6-5 win in Eastleigh.
‘Stoke made the short trip down the M3 off the back of securing bonus point wins in each of their wins over Old Tiffinians, Millbrook, and Bognor, to move them up to fourth in London Three South West.
They claimed a massive total of 21 tries and 147 points from those three matches, but found things much tougher against a struggling Trojans side.
A number of errors prevented Basingstoke from building phases early on, while an unlucky bounce of the ball prevented Matt Guilfoyle from running the ball over the try line.
And it was Guilfoyle who would help get ‘Stoke off the mark, as his persistence forced the hosts to give away a penalty, which Tom Humberstone duly converted to make it 3-0.
That was about as good as things got in a very poor first half, although Trojans grabbed the only try of the game soon after the restart, as they won a string of penalties that allowed one of their backs to dot down in the corner.
‘Stoke were then reduced to 14 men, after Tom Allen was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, although Trojans couldn’t press home their advantage.
And after winning a penalty in front of the posts, the boot of Humberstone then claimed another three points for Basingstoke to seal the tightest of matches.
‘Stoke are next in action against Teddington on November 19.