REDINGENSIANS Rams ensured they will have their best ever finish after beating Clifton 29-19 to claim third spot with a game to go in National Two South.

A stunning bit of work from Clifton scrum half Mitch Spencer put his side in front, the livewire starting an attack down Rams’ left flank with a perfectly executed chip-and-chase before getting on the end of some slick passing to score in the corner.

Rams replied with some lively phase play which enabled No. 8 Josh Collis to cross the whitewash, Jamar Richardson obliging with the conversion.

The Reading men tightened their grip on the game with front row trio Matt Weller, Ben Henderson and James Baker dominating a series of scrums to force a 21st-minute penalty try.

Richardson grabbed his side’s third try in the 25th minute and converted it to give Rams a 21-5 lead, but the deficit was reduced just before half time when the home side cut loose from their own 22 and scored under the posts.

Rams extended their lead to 14 points when Ellis Jones was rewarded for some excellent support play with a well-earned try, but Clifton hit back in the 48th minute when a fine pass from Alex Lambert gave Spencer an opportunity for an afternoon’s brace, which he readily accepted.

At 26-19 to Rams the game was anyone’s, but Miles Lloyd steadied the nerves of the visiting supporters by converting a penalty in the 70th minute and the men from Reading showed stalwart defence when they withstood a wave of attacks in the last 10 minutes to dig out a victory and a four-try win bonus.

Redingensians Rams end their season with a home derby against Henley Hawks this coming Saturday (3pm).