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Sonics are left still searching for a victory

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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Bristol Sonics' search for their first Conference League South victory of the season continues after they lost 46-16 to Leicester Storm at Aylestone Athletic RFC, despite the home side having Mark Etherington sent off in the first half.

The Sonics' points came through tries from Mike Gaston, loose forward Will Tobin and a length of the field effort from prop Dan Brooker with skipper Dom Swann adding a goal. They remain stuck at the foot of the table.

West of England champions Cheltenham Old Patesians racked up 70 points for the second game in a row with a 70-30 victory over Swindon St George at Everest Road.

Swindon's big pack caused the defending champions some problems before their greater scoring ability saw them home having crossed the whitewash 13 times.

There were three ties from James Fisher plus a brace a piece for Jonny Loudon and Lawrence Sherry while Carlo Colucci crossed for a try and added seven conversions and Darren Moore added a try and two goals.

The try scorers for Cheltenham Old Patesians were Paul Bennett, Ed Tickle, James King and Hadyn Jennings. Cheltenham Old Patesians U16s beat their Bristol Sonics counterparts 48-14.

Gloucestershire Warriors ran in eight tries in their 48-14 victory away to Somerset Vikings. Alex Hoyle completed a hat-trick of tries in the opening 20 minutes for the visitors but not until after Arron Woods' opener for the Vikings.

Ash Lewis converted all three of Hoyle's touchdowns and added the extras when Tom Askew went over under the bar. The Vikings had threatened on several occasions, with Woods going close to a second try but the Warriors led 24-4 at the break.

Chris Benjamin went over early in the second to extend the lead and Askew and Ash Lewis took the score to 42-4 before the Vikings scored next through Chris Richards and Jack Evans, Dan Hinton adding a goal.

Lewis handled three times in a flowing move involving Ben Whincup and Paul Hewitt before touching down by the posts for the Warriors' eighth and final try. Simon Price converted, adding to Lewis's seven conversions.

Bristol Sonics A were awarded a 50-6 home victory after Oxford Cavaliers A called off on Saturday morning when the club's injury crisis and first team calls deprived them of a team for the fixture.

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