BRACKNELL RFC continued their excellent National Three South West run by making it four wins on the spin with a 29-13 success against Hornets at Lily Hill Park.

The hosts took an early lead courtesy of two Chris Laidler penalties, but a converted Sam Taylor try – scored after the flanker capitalised on sustained pressure – followed to put Hornets 7-6 in front.

Oscar James extended the lead before half time as he added a penalty to his earlier conversion for the visitors.

Bracknell rebounded with a superb start to the second period, a catch-and-drive allowing James Ingle to dot down to make it 11-10.

The Lily Hill men’s pack continued to show their power and the outstanding Lachlan Valentine – captain on his final home game for the club – crashed over for another try to push his side further in front.

Hornets kept their hopes alive as James landed another penalty after the hosts were deemed to be offside, but they then lost a player to the sin bin and a brace of Laidler penalties extended Bracknell’s advantage to 22-13.

The away side continued to battle away, but were caught out as they chased the game in the final stages, Peceli Nacamavuto intercepting a pass to go over under the posts before Laidler converted.

Bracknell remain ninth in the table, but are now just two points behind sixth-placed Hornets following their seventh win in nine games.

Daniel App Daffyd’s side travel to Lydney for their re-arranged fixture this coming Saturday (3pm).

  • CROWTHORNE RFC were beaten 23-5 at Chesham as they slipped to eighth in the BB&O Premier table on Saturday.

Crows have a bye weekend before hosting Tadley on Saturday, March 4.