WINDSOR RFC remain second-bottom of South West One East after they went down 23-10 at home to Sherborne.

It was a seventh defeat in eight games for last season's Southern Counties North champions, who have a week off before travelling to Marlborough on Saturday, November 9.

In the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier, Slough went down 41-29 at home to Milton Keynes in an entertaining affair.

Will Bannister bagged a brace of tries for the visitors, with their other scores coming from Erik Grimley, Andrew Poole, Michael Fitzgerald, Adrian Teckoe and James Pickles. Declan Morris converted three of those tries.

Sixth-placed Slough next travel to Oxford on November 9.

Third-bottom Drifters were thumped 48-0 at Chipping Norton.

Things are unlikely to be any easier when they travel to table-topping Gosford All Blacks on November 9.

Two South leaders Phoenix made it five wins from six games with a 19-5 home success against Reading University.

Phoenix next travel to Newbury 3rds on November 9.

London Irish were brought back down to earth with a bump as they were hammered 41-7 at home by Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership.

First-half tries from Akker van der Merwe, Denny Solomona and Marland Yarde, along with five points from the boot of Rob du Preez, made it 20-0 at the break.

Josh Beaumont and du Preez crossed before Ruan Botha grabbed a converted score for Exiles, only for Rohan Janse van Rensburg to bag Sale's sixth try.

London Irish visit champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm).