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James Combens trusty boot ensured Henley came out on top in a highly competitive top-of-the-table clash against Hartpury College. Comben, the leading point-scorer in SSE National Two South, successfully converted Robbie Stapleys second try of the match seven minutes from time to hand the Hawks a 22-20 win.

Worthing are two points behind Henley in second following a remarkable 57-40 victory at Taunton. The Raiders stormed into a 45-5 half-time lead, scoring seven tries before the break, before the host side hit back to make a game of it in the second half. A second try from Jack Claydon and further scores from Sam Richardson and Gary Kingdom pulled Taunton back to within 19 points. But two tries in quick succession from Worthing ended any thoughts of an improbable home victory. At least the Titans had the final word with two more tries of their own.

The highest scoring game of the day, though, came at Cribbs Causeway where Chinnor beat hosts Clifton 52-50. Clifton outscored Chinnor eight tries to six but surprisingly only once led in the match, for a brief period between the fifth and eleventh minute. Full-back Henry Colver was the star of the show for Chinnor with a 27-point haul through a try, four penalties and five conversions. Matthew Goode and Liam Gilbert both got try doubles, as did the home sides midfield pairing of Will Pomphrey and Sam Harrison.

Chinnors success keeps them level on points with Launceston who made it five wins on the bounce with a 34-27 win at home to Canterbury. Mike Rawlings topped and tailed a fine performance with the Cornish All Blacks first and last try.

Nevertheless Redruth remain the highest placed Duchy side in the division, a 22-15 win away to Southend keeping them well and truly in the hunt for promotion. The Reds owed their latest success to two-try hero Tom Duncan.

Shelford trail fourth-placed Redruth by four points following a 32-23 win at home to Dings Crusaders. Five different players made it onto the scoresheet for Shelford who took full advantage of Dings ill-discipline. The Bristolians, who had Mark Woodrow to thank for 18 of their points, lost hooker Dave Wheeler to a second-half red card as well as seeing lock Ed Hack sent to the sin-bin.

While Barking took a rest from their troubled season with a weekend off, the only other game of the day came on the South Coast as Bournemouth entertained Lydney. The referee was kept busy once again, with four yellow cards issued three to the home side and one to the visitors as a direct result of a unsightly fracas. Lydney won 24-18 but remain in the bottom three.

Round 14 results

Southend 15 - 22 Redruth

Taunton Titans 40 - 57 Worthing

Bournemouth 18 - 24 Lydney

Clifton 50 - 52 Chinnor

Launceston 34 - 27 Canterbury

Shelford 32 - 23 Dings Crusaders

Henley 22 - 20 Hartpury College

Round 15 fixtures

Hartpury College Vs. Southend

Redruth Vs. Clifton

Worthing Vs. Launceston

Chinnor Vs. Taunton Titans

Dings Crusaders Vs. Henley

Barking Vs. Bournemouth

Canterbury Vs. Free Week

Lydney Vs. Shelford

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