by Richard V Isaacs

The title race in the Hampshire RFU Colts League Bowl Division has been blown wide open following the action on a muddy Sunday afternoon as the top four sides are now separated by just three points.

Table topping Tottonians have been joined by Alton at the summit with 18 points as the north Hampshire side returned a 28-10 victory over their joint leaders.

Alton were thankful to Cameron Hamer’s boot as he slotted 13 points (two conversions and three penalties) as Rhys Jenkins, Aaron Harrington and Max Hegt all went over for the Black and Reds.

Tottonians, who have stayed top on points difference, only had Tristan Gay and Pita Koroi’s second half tries to celebrate.

Sitting in third a point behind but with a game in hand are New Milton and District as they defeated Andover 29-12 with a five tries – two of which were scored by Rowan Woodley.

Arthur Allen, Pat Busby and Ollie Baker-Clipston also went over for the Foresters while Ben Ciccotti and Finlay Waite crossed in the second half for the All Blacks, who missed the chance to go top and are stuck in fourth.

Portsmouth finally recorded their first victory, coming from behind to down Ellingham and Ringwood 20-12 and move within a point of the E’s.

A penalty try and one for Will Jenkins, which he converted, gave the hosts a 12-5 interval advantage but Jamie Towlson, Callam Taylor and Will Larkin added to Ryan Franks’ first half score to give the Pompey youngsters a crucial victory.

Havant maintained their grip at the top of the Cup Division as they overcame Jersey 21-5 in a match switched to Petersfield due to the heavy pitch conditions at Hooks Lane.

After a scoreless first half, Oliver McCormack, Liam Colclough and Will Owen finally broke the deadlock (Dan Heyes 1 conversion) which was enough to defeat the Channel Islanders, who has Alex Cotton’s score to take home with them.

Trojans A are just three points behind as they defeated Basingstoke 32-5 on a very heavy Stoneham Lane pitch.

The visitors had the better of the first quarter but struggled to turn their pressure into points and, after suffering a couple of injuries, allowed Trojans to score four tries before the break through a brace for Russell Bennett and Ed Jenkinson.

Ben Brooks and a forwards try stretched the Trojans advantage before Adam Warner put some points on the board for the away team who sit bottom of the table following Gosport and Fareham’s withdrawal from the league.

There was one re-arranged game in Plate North Division and it was a first win for Winchester B, who defeated second placed Farnborough 33-0.

There was a hat-trick for White and further scores for Winchcombe, Milne and Jago which was enough to lift the Black and Golds within a couple of points of Overton.

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