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RUGBY UNION: Grove lose top spot
11:00am Tuesday 11th December 2012 in Sport
Southern Counties North
GROVE were knocked off top spot after a frustrating 22-20 defeat at Milton Keynes.
The match saw four yellow cards and one red, with Grove questioning some “very strange refereeing”.
Full back Roger Sevier gave Grove the lead with a penalty, but Milton Keynes hit back with a try.
Wing Harry Carr sprinted over on 16 minutes to put Grove 8-5 ahead, but the hosts led 22-8 at the break.
Yellow cards for Grove’s Sevier and Ben Nicholl were compounded by three home tries and a conversion.
After the break, Milton Keynes had one forward sin-binned and another sent off for a second yellow card.
Tries from wing Guy Nicholl and replacement Jamie Burns, the latter converted by fly half Dave Maryon, earned Grove a losing bonus point.
A much-changed Alchester side lost 18-15 at Tadley.
Fly half Tom Miles slotted a penalty as Alchester, who had centre Matt Flegg sin-binned, trailed 8-3 at half-time.
Props Nick Brits and Charlie Surman went over in the second period, Miles convereting the former as Alchester led 15-11.
But Tadley sealed the spoils with a converted try.
Wallingford are only clear of the relegation zone on points difference after a 51-12 defeat at Thatcham.