Farnham On A Title Charge

The Surrey rugby side have been in all-conquering form, as Alex Lambe reports.

Farnham Rugby Club have enjoyed an excellent start to the new year, scoring a massive 190 points in an impressive series of victories that have enabled them to hold on to top spot in London 3 South West.

Eastleigh are hot on their trail in second, with one-point separating the two teams as they enter a key stage of the season.

The men from Monkton Lane entered the Christmas period in buoyant mood, having secured a triumphant 76-24 win over bottom of the table Millbrook. The hosts scored 11 tries as they romped to a convincing victory over the league’s basement club, with the forwards and backs combining to provide the home crowd with some enthralling rugby.

To their credit Millbrook never gave in and produced some promising periods of play, scoring three tries. But ultimately the home side proved too strong for them and they headed into Christmas in scintillating form.

Devastating

New year, no change. Farnham produced a clinical performance as they kicked off 2017 with a very convincing win over Bognor. With the bonus point wrapped up with less than a quarter of the game gone, the away side proved too strong for their hosts, who offered little resistance. Farnham produced a strong team performance to run out 62-7 winners.

Farnham were on a roll, and the latest triumph came with the visit of Trojans. A powerful performance from the home pack proved too much for the away side to handle. The visitors started well, but once the black and whites managed to get their attack going, it proved devastating for men from Hampshire.

Season-deciding

Despite Trojans taking the lead with a try through Pooley, this would prove to be their only score of the match. After a lacklustre first quarter Farnham clicked into gear and secured an impressive 52-5 win, thanks to tries from Hurley, Toby Salmon, Mike Salmon, a penalty try, Pete Daly (x2), Toby Comley and Jules Joris.

With Eastleigh winning, the pressure remains on the league leaders, as they are only one-point clear at the summit of the division. February could prove to be the turning point in Farnham’s season. With a potential season-deciding clash with Eastleigh on the 11th, the pressure is on the leaders to maintain their impressive form. Half of the season still remains but this fixture could potentially deal a terminal blow to whichever side loses.

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