Hornets rack up yet another five-point rout
By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 05:00
JAMES Leatherby crossed for his second try a minute from time to clinch Western Counties North leaders Hornets another valuable bonus point win, this time over visiting Burnham.
The former Bristol player, pictured, touched down to complete a 24-10 triumph and help put his side five points clear of nearest rivals Barton Hill, who were washed out at fellow promotion contenders North Bristol.
This was Hornets' eighth try bonus victory in 12 outings and once again featured a five-pointer from player-coach Ray Chase, who opened the scoring, Jermaine Jones converting.
Burnham rallied with a converted try and penalty of their own, but Leatherby put Hornets back in front with his first score just before the break. A converted penalty try, awarded after the home outfit's pack pressed for a pushover try, stretched the lead but the biggest celebrations were reserved for the fourth touchdown which secured an extra point that could prove to be crucial in a tight promotion battle.
Only one other match defeated the weather in this division, lowly Yatton slipping 27-15 at home to Wells who moved up to third.
In National Three South West, Weston-super-Mare's promotion hopes suffered a blow with a second successive reverse, the Seasiders going down 19-5 away to Redingensians. Hooker Dave Burge crossed for a try as Weston turned around trailing 9-5 before the Berkshire side pulled further clear after the turnaround.
Old Reds, meanwhile, are up to second in South West One West thanks to a 30-12 triumph at Oldfield who led 6-5 at the break.
The visitors' success – their fifth in a row – was based on another dominant forward effort with skipper Jed Hooper, Dan Fry, Jason Owen and the returning Graeme Beveridge bagging tries, while Jack Steer added two conversions and two penalties.
Mike Schropfer safely came through his comeback after protracted injury problems, making a big impression in the No 13 shirt.
And winger Joe Woodward also caught the eye with a busy and committed display in both defence and attack.
Bridgwater & Albion moved above Oldfield with a 5-3 home defeat of Cleve, who led for a long period thanks to an Ollie Phillips penalty.
Flanker Tom King, though, marked his Bridgwater debut with a late try which sealed the result.
The Somerset programme was badly hit by the weather, but St Bernadettes marched on in Division One with a commanding 49-9 victory at Sulians to surge nine points clear at the top.