BRACKNELL RFC picked up a bonus point but were well beaten 47-31 at Brixham in their South West Premier encounter on Saturday.

The visiting Lily Hill men played up the slope in the opening half, and fell behind in the 14th minute when wing Jean-Pierre Simonnetti crossed the whitewash for a try coverted by Connor Bedwell.

However, Bracknell countered four minutes later with a try from Simon Bayliss, reducing the deficit to 7-5.

Brixham began to take control and following a period of pressure they extended their lead with a try out wide from scrum half Noah Nash, who then added another converted score as Brixham moved 21-5 in front.

Hooker Koree Britten was the next to cross for the home side as they secured a bonus point before half time, and he followed Nash’s lead in bagging a brace to make it 33-5 at the interval.

The home side moved further in front following the restart as Tom Goodman scored their sixth try, Bedwell adding a fifth conversion to make it 40-5.

However, this seemed to inspire the visitors, and tries from Gabe Hills (pictured), Max Edwards and a second for Bayliss ensured the gap was cut to 40-24 and they would take at least a point from their travels.

Any hopes of an astonishing comeback victory were ended in the 68th minute, though, as Joe Lovell went over before Bedwell added the extras, and although Bayliss was able to complete his hat-trick, Bracknell ended well adrift. The result leaves Bracknell third-bottom in the table ahead of their last pre-Christmas clash – at home to Bournemouth – on Saturday (2.15pm).

  • CROWTHORNE RFC’s wretched season continued as they were forced to concede their home BB&O Premier game against Milton Keynes on Saturday.

Their latest five-point deduction – the third of the season – leaves them cast adrift at the foot of the table with -9 points.

Things get no easier for Crows as they travel to unbeaten table-toppers Slough this coming Saturday.