Weekend round-up: Heavy defeats for Slough and Phoenix
THE New Year could not have got off to a worse start for Slough and Phoenix Rugby Club's after both suffered heavy defeats on Saturday.
Slough's task of battling for survival in Southern Counties North became even more daunting after a heavy 65-5 defeat at promotion chasing Wootton Bassett, a result that leaves Paul Rendall's men 11 points adrift of safety.
Phoenix find themselves in a similar predicament in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier Division, now four points below safety after losing 28-3 to new league leaders Thatcham in the all-Berkshire derby at Institute Road.
Elsewhere in South West One East, Maidenhead RFC took a huge step toward promotion with a 32-27 home victory over league leaders Cheltenham to reduce the gap at the top to just two points.
Saturday, January 14
Southern Counites North
Slough v Marlborough 2:15pm ko
Windsor v Tadley 2:15pm
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier
Drifters v Chipping Norton 2:30pm
Swindon College Old Boys v Phoenix 2:30pm
South West One East High Wycombe v Maidenhead