Eighth win for dominant Stow

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STOW-on-the-Wold Rugby Club kept their 100 per cent record in the Berks/Bucks and Oxon Premier Division against tricky opposition.

The leaders won 52-21 against fifth-placed Aylesbury Athletic for their eighth straight league victory of the season.

Stow started confidently and, after missing a seventh-minute penalty, scored a well-worked try through James Holmes on the right touchline.

Aylesbury gave away another penalty from the kick-off with Stow putting Craig Chapman through to score under the posts on 11 minutes.

The Buckinghamshire outfit struggled for possession against a well-organised pack but their fly-half broke through five tackles to score a converted try. But, from a scrum 10 yards out, Louis Chapman showed good pace to crash over for Stow’s third try.

On 25 minutes, slick passing saw Cameron Davidson in for the fourth try and a bonus point.

Stow opened the second-half strongly and Ed Fanshaw scored a great try on the right wing.

Their pack then pushed over from a five-yard scrum with Craig Chapman scoring his second try for a 38-7 lead.

But Aylesbury were not finished and their fitness was impressive with a try scored from a powerful run.

However, Henry Teare broke after a 10-yard scrum to bag a fine individual effort on 57 minutes. Two minutes later, Aylesbury again make a run to score under the posts.

But Stow’s Hugo Griffiths took another ball against the head 10 minutes from time and eventually finished off the move under the posts. George Roddan kicked six out of eight conversions.

Meanwhile, Chipping Norton held onto second spot with a 44-12 win at Phoenix despite conceding an early try.

Sam Townsend drew Chippy level and Barry Nutt added a long-range penalty.

Dean Beauchamp scored two tries alongside efforts from Lee Tustin, Matt Dawson (2) and Neil Stannard.

Chippy host bottom-of-thetable Risborough on Saturday, while Stow head to Bicester.

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