The fourth round of the AASE League took place on Wednesday and it certainly lived up to expectations.
In the South eyes were fixed on the top of the table clash between Exeter College and Hartpury College, while in the North second placed Worcester v fourth placed Myerscough, just a point apart in the table after three rounds, was probably the biggest draw.
Starting with that Worcester 6th form College trip to Myerscough College. Worcester had sat top after two rounds but their bye week had seen Oaklands overtake them, this game was therefore crucial for them to keep their momentum up and not to allow Oaklands too big a gap.
With Myerscough playing well though, it was going to be no easy task, and a tight first half ensued however Worcester were able to keep plugging away for a solid 35-17 victory to put distance between themselves and the third and fourth placed sides.
Oaklands still retain their place at the top of the pile in the North. Theoretically they could have lost it, had they been defeated, however they inflicted a third heavy defeat in a row on the newcomers to the league, Bishop Burton College, winning by an impressive 59-0.
Much closer was Moulton College v Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College. Both went into the game with two points, though Wyggeston had played a game more. A close battle was what unfolded, but Wyggeston pulled away from their East Midlands rivals for a solid 34-20 away win and a leapfrogged them into fifth in the table.
Exeter College v Hartpury College certainly had a lot of expectation to live up to but boy did it live up to those expectations as these two sides played out what has to surely been seen as one of the all-time AASE classics as Hartpury just edged the closest of encounters 33-32.
It sees Hartpury knock Exeter off top spot, but remarkably having been just a point ahead at the start of the day, Exeter are only a point behind in the table thanks to a losing bonus and try scoring bonus today.
Elsewhere Beechen Cliff’s unbeaten start to the year also ended as they were beaten 27-22 away at Henley College, who look very good this year, especially at home.
There was also a first win of the season for Truro College, whose 29-7 victory over St Paul’s Catholic College sees them jump from bottom to sixth in the table. Taking over their place at the foot of the table are Ivybridge, whose game at SGS Filton College had to be postponed.
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AASE Round 4 Results:
Oaklands College 59-0 Bishop Burton College
Myerscough College 17-35 Worcester 6th form College
Moulton College 20-34 Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
Truro College 29-7 St Paul’s Catholic College
SGS Filton College P-P Ivybridge Community College
Henley College 27-22 Beechen Cliff
Exeter College 32-33 Hartpury College
|AASE League Table – Northern Conference|
|2||Worcester 6th form College||3||3||0||0||3||15|
|5||Wyggeston & QEI College||4||1||0||3||3||7|
|7||Bishop Burton College||3||0||0||3||1||1|
|AASE League Table – Southern Conference|
|5||SGS Filton College||3||1||0||2||2||6|
|7||St Paul’s Catholic College||4||1||0||3||1||5|
|8||Ivybridge Community College||3||0||0||3||2||2|