Barton Hill march on with a hard-fought victory over Hornets
BARTON Hill produced their best display of the season to secure a superb 18-11 home victory over fellow Western Counties North promotion contenders Hornets.
Locks Shane Hancock and Luke Bickford both crossed, while there was also a try from replacement flanker Luke Harris with Ollie Nowell on target with one penalty.
Jack Nowell, called into the side in the absence of Matt Rankin who was not available, caught the eye out of position at scrum-half.
While No 8 Ian Patten, always a player for the big occasion, gave Barts' physical forwards a vital focal point with his dynamic work in defence and attack.
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Delighted coach Dave Lupton said: "We're playing so well as a unit. There's great understanding and great spirit, and that's bringing us through games like this."
But despite the nature of this win and Barts' strong start to the campaign, there is no talk of promotion in the Bristol side's camp.
Lupton added: "We're on a roll and the belief's there, but there's a very long way to go, and we all know that in this league you can come unstuck at any time."
Also on a roll are North Bristol, who made it seven wins in a row with a seven-try 44-28 romp at Old Bristolians.
Mike Lewis (2), John Wood (2), skipper Alex Cue, Richard Mortimer and Jake Robertson all crossed with Josh Davies supplying three conversions and a penalty. Old Bs just missed out on a bonus point with second half tries from captain Mike Barton, No 8 Wayne Cockram and Joel Keen, who also booted three penalties and two conversions.
Bristol Harlequins conceded a late converted try to draw 25-25 at home to Wells.
Lock Dan Pearce touched down twice with full-back Scott Manning and centre Lee Pearn also crossing for tries, while there was a penalty by Chris Page and one Ross Hickery conversion.