Another bonus point win for Gordano
GORDANO moved up two places in Somerset Premier to sixth with a fine 24-10 home defeat of high-flying Weston-super-Mare United.
The Seasiders were convincing 39-12 victors at the start of the campaign, but Gordano, confidence boosted by a big win over Imperial, produced a solid all-round display for another bonus-point success.
There were tries from Joe Harris (2), Elliot Hanscombe and Aaron French with Joe Rowsell adding two conversions.
Next up for Gordano is a rearranged home clash on Saturday with Stothert & Pitt who they could overhaul if they make three wins in a row.
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Leaders Chew Valley marched on with a 38-7 home defeat of Keynsham, scrum-half Alex Cameron going through the 200-point barrier for the season thanks to landing four conversions and a penalty.
This was Chew's 12th bonus-point success in 14 outings, secured thanks to tries from flanker Mitch Quoi, No 8 Luke Sparkes-Brown, Dan Gatton, lock Darren Jefferies and Tom Bryan who converted his own five-pointer.
Division One leaders St Bernadettes battled for an 18-7 triumph in the mud at Clevedon, Danny Harris switching from fly-half to scrum-half because of injury to Luke Fraser and touching down twice after the break. No 8 Jordan Porter muscled over from a five-metre penalty for Saints' first touchdown after Rob James had earlier landed a penalty.
And although Clevedon rallied from trailing 8-0 at the turnaround with a converted try, the visitors edged the forward exchanges to record another win and stay clear at the top.
Second-placed Bristol Barbarians, meanwhile, closed the gap by a point with a runaway 54-14 success at Yatton.
There were doubles from the prolific Craig Skuse and Steve Kelly with Steve Penfold, Alex Lucani, Lee Chidgey, Ben Gandy and Oliver Sanson crossing while Neil Pickford was on target with three conversions and a penalty.
In Western Counties North, leaders Hornets had to work hard for a 19-6 victory at Cirencester.
The visitors took the lead with a penalty try, converted by Jermaine Jones, while player-coach Alec Chase extended the advantage with his 16th touchdown, once again from a driving line-out, before the break.
Matt Cornish then crossed on the hour, Jones again converting, but Hornets could not secure the try bonus despite Cirencester finishing the game with 13 men after suffering two yellow cards.
Promotion rivals Barton Hill suffered an unexpected 22-13 setback at Chosen Hill. And that result adds extra importance to Saturday's trip to third-placed North Bristol who were 30-20 home victors over Burnham-on-Sea. North flew out of the blocks to surge 25-3 clear thanks to tries from skipper Alex Cue, Alex Featherstone, Antony Jelf and Mike Lewis, Dan Snow adding a penalty and one conversion.
And Old Bristolians bounced back from two successive reverses to secure a 30-12 home defeat of lowly Bristol Harlequins.