Chipping Sodbury ended a run of back to back defeats with a convincing win over Barton Hill.

Sodbury made a bright start but it was Barton who had a shot at goal on four minutes from a misdemeanour at a scrum 25m from the posts.

Shortly afterwards, the visitors had their first try as Gavin Edgar scored after a move which started from a lineout on Barts’ 10m line.

Sodbury went through eight phases and moved their hosts left and right before Dan Bradley wowed the crowd with a cheeky chip over the defence.

Dan Cole then retrieved the ball before smashing his way through 15 metres. He then delivered a sweet pass to Edgar, who doesn’t miss these sort of chances.

Then, in a flurry of Sodbury confusion, Barton re-took the lead. Sods were a man down due to a yellow card, then down a try as they failed to get to grips with Barts' from a 5m scrum. They did win the restart, though, and Otto Avent set off on a 15 metre charge that earned a penalty; the resulting lineout went a bit sideways but a base camp was established.

The game was soon tied up at 10 a-piece when Jon Cook stroked over his first penalty of the afternoon.

Barts came back well, but with a rather narrow attack - they knocked at the Sodbury door but were repeatedly repelled thanks to a matchless display of organised defence.

Sodbury are blessed with Jason Petchey, who has boundless energy, and amassed a staggering 21 tackles in the game.

When the visitors did get a little ball, they went forward thanks to some brave carrying and ruthless clear-outs by Lee Ralph and Matt Cook.

On half an hour, Butcher controlled a scrum on his own 10m line before Cole hit the line hard and, with inspirational footwork, burst through. On his shoulder was fine-tuned rugby machine Jon Cook.

Edgar grasped the perfect pass as he entered Barts’ 22: he still had some work to do as he bounced one defender then skipped past another for his second try.

Barts swept back into Sodbury’s 22 in response but they were their own worst enemy. When conceding a penalty at a 5m scrum, they foolishly advised the referee and were marched back 10 metres.

Sodbury were then able to creep into the hosts’ half and kept the pressure on, with Turner tackling wingers into touch and the most tenacious no.9 in the league sacking Barts’ no.8 and winning a penalty. Jon Cook duly stroked it between the posts for a 10 point advantage at half time.

Just one minute into the second half, Jon Cook extended the lead when Barts panicked after dropping the kick-off and stopping Sodbury’s progress illegally. With field position once more, and the visitors pressing home a scrummage advantage, Barts yielded another penalty which Jon Cook effortlessly dispatched from 20 metres.

Yet again Sodbury were forced into feverish defence, only this time they had George Barnes on the field whose fresh legs kept the hosts at bay.

The game went into a period of rain-lashed chess and was played out between the 22s. Each side enjoyed certain successes but nothing definitive. Nothing definitive until Sodbury had a scrum on Barts’ 10m line, that is.

Head whipped the ball out to Bradley, who spotted a gap, ghosted through it and drew the cover. Edgar came charging off the wing with a straight thrust, accepted the pass and blasted through the remnants of a beleaguered defence to register his hat-trick under the posts.

Jon Cook's boot converted easily to take his personal haul to 18 points and Sodbury recorded a fine win.