Hartpury College moved into a position of control in the AASE Southern Conference in Round 5 on Wednesday.
The AASE legends were in action against the reigning champions, Exeter College, while in the Northern Conference Oaklands College were made to work hard if they were to stay at the top of their table.
New boys Brooksby Melton College collected their second AASE win as they beat bottom of the table 22-8. The victory keeps them in fourth place, just three points behind Gosforth Academy in third, though Gosforth do have a couple of game in hand.
That lack of games for Gosforth allowed Worcester 6th form College to leapfrog them and jump into second with their 36-24 win at home to Moulton College. Having played a game more they are five points clear of Gosforth, and just a point behind Oaklands, who have a further game in hand.
Oaklands had to dig deep to keep that spot at the top of the table on Wednesday though. At halftime against fifth-place Bishop Burton College, the scores were 12-12. However, Oaklands went to the well in the second half and put in a real shift to secure an excellent 31-12 victory, maintaining top spot by a point.
Arguably the result of the AASE season so far came in the Southern Conference on Wednesday as Hartpury College put all of their frustrations from last season out onto the pitch, beating the side that took their crown, Exeter College, by a stunning 47-10 margin. Not only did it strike a psychological blow, but the result also sends Hartpury College 9 points clear of the chasing pack, led by Exeter, albeit having played a game in hand, though that still leaves them a minimum of four points clear.
The other big result in the South saw winless Beechen Cliff travel to a very much in form Henley College and seal a superb 24-12 victory. In all fairness though, that is perhaps not the shock that it read as, Beechen Cliff has been close in every game this year but has just had a very tough run of fixtures, they will feel that this was a long overdue win.
The final game in the Southern Conference saw Truro College condemn SGS Filton College to a fifth straight defeat in the AASE League, beating them 31-24, their first win of the season. It sends Filton to the foot of the table, with Beechen Cliff up to sixth and Truro in fifth.
AASE Round 5 Results:
Myerscough College 8-22 Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College 31-12 Bishop Burton College
Worcester 6th from College 36-24 Moulton College
Gosforth Academy – Bye
Hartpury College 47-10 Exeter College
Henley College 12-24 Beechen Cliff
Truro College 31-24 SGS Filton College
St Paul’s Catholic College – Bye
|AASE Northern Conference Table|
|2||Worcester 6th form College||4||4||0||0||4||20|
|4||Brooksby Melton College||5||2||0||3||4||12|
|5||Bishop Burton College||4||1||0||3||1||5|
|AASE Southern Conference Table|
|3||St Paul’s Catholic College||4||3||0||1||2||14|
|7||SGS Filton College||5||0||0||5||3||3|