BERKSHIRE Shire Hall recorded a second straight BB&O Championship victory as they cruised to a bonus-point 43-20 success at home to Farnham Royal.

The home team had the lion’s share of the possession in the opening quarter and were able to cross for an unconverted score in the corner, but Royal responded almost immediately, a sustained spell of pressure created space down the blindside for flanker Adam Barley to hand off the cover defender and crash over in the corner.

The home team added a converted try and penalty to extend the lead to 15-5, but despite a strong finish to the half, they were unable to add any more points before the interval.

Farnham narrowed the gap 13 minutes into the second half when fly half Alex King slotted a neat 40-metre drop goal after Shire Hall were pinged for a high tackle.

However, an unforced error by Royal cost them dear as Shire Hall were over again for a converted score to extend their advantage to 22-8.

Royal continue to look to move the ball wide and were rewarded on 63 minutes when second row, Stuart Moffatt, was put into space down the right flank.

He made a telling break only to be stopped agonisingly close to the line, only for inside centre Mike Alsen pick the ball up and drive over from close range.

Yet a hat-trick of converted tries put the game to bed for Shire Hall, with Barley’s second try merely a consolation for the visitors.

The result leaves Shire Hall in sixth position ahead of a trip to winless basement boys Harwell on Saturday.