02:42PM, Thursday 22 September 2016
Drifters RFC 47, Phoenix RFC 0
Newly-promoted Phoenix followed up their opening day defeat to Didcot last week with a shutout loss at the hands of rivals Drifters on Saturday – conceding eight tries in the process.
The Institute Road club were promoted at the end of last season after comfortably winning the BB&O Championship, while Drifters from Farnham Common were relegated from Southern Counties North – and the gap between the two teams showed.
The two teams had not met for three seasons but it was Drifters who settled more quickly and were a threat especially through their backline.
The hosts led 34-0 at half-time following two tries from Bradley Parker, and one apiece for Simon Heeks, Carl Corcoran, Andrew Coombes and Adam Kalinowski.
Phoenix put up a more spirited, resilient effort in the second period conceding just two touchdowns both scored by Rob Willis.
W Phoenix 2nds crushed Slough 2nds 51-15 in a friendly on Saturday.
The contest was due to be a BB&O Division 4 South clash, but Slough could only raise 12 players and no front row so Phoenix accepted the points and instead agreed to a friendly.
Phoenix's eight tries came from Ben Wood (4), Edmund Doherty, Jason Morris, Dave Marsden and James Atkins.
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