Cleve 26 Redingensians 39By Steve Wiliams
March 31, 2009
Spike Chandler scored 24 points as Genisans secured a fine win in their South West Division 1 game on Saturday.
The fly-half scored a try, three penalties, two drop-goals and two conversions.
It was also a big day for third team loose-head prop Chris Betts, who made a promising league debut after three regulars had cried off injured.
Reading 27 High Wycombe 26
Reading hauled themselves back into second place in South West Division. 2 East table in a nervy win over a much-improved Wycombe at Holme Park.
With league leaders Maidenhead beating Cheltenham, the two points means that Reading must win their final two matches to at least feature in the end-of-season play-offs, although the issue of non-fulfiled fixtures during the season could still affect the issue.
Reading Abbey 3 Swanage & Wareham 8
A first-half try for Swanage proved the difference as a much-changed Abbey line-up battled it out in front of a large crowd at Rosehill.
While a strong wind troubled both sides, the loss of five regulars, including both Hallett brothers from the pack, was too much for Abbey.
Hooker Craig Woodley had to play in the second row and another hooker Alex Woolnough featured in the centre, while in the front-row there was a welcome return for former club coach Jerry Shedden and prop James Walsh.
Berkshire Shire Hall 20 Aldermaston 19
Shire Hall weathered a late storm from their near-neighbours to snatch the BB&O 1 South points.
An Adam Bishop penalty and a try from wing Harry Gyamfi had them 8-0 in front early on before the visitors opened their account with an unconverted touchdown.
Chris Walker restored Hall's eight point lead with the first of his two tries. only for Hall to lose possession in their own 22 and hand Aldermaston a second try just before the break.
Walker grabbed his second, also converted by Bishop, before the visitors’ late pressure reaped its rewards to get within a point.