A satisfying victory over third-placed Aylesbury was the result of Thatcham RFC’s final home game of the season on Saturday.
They won 31-25 to cap a successful season at Henwick Lane, with just a trip to Beaconsfield left in their Southern Counties North schedule on April 22.
Conditions were ideal and Thatcham took advantage to get the first points on the board through John Riley, with Joe Leadley converting.
Two Aylesbury penalties reduced the deficit but Leadley was able to touch down moments before half-time to give Thatcham a 12-6 lead at the break.
Aylesbury took the lead five minutes into the second half with a converted try, but Thatcham responded quickly and birthday boy James Thorogood got a touchdown to put the hosts back ahead.
Aylesbury took the lead once more with another try, but again the lead switched as, despite squandering two drop goal chances, Riley was able to get his second try.
Callum Stewart added another towards the end to seemingly secure the win and while Aylesbury put in some late pressure and pulled one try back, it was Thatcham who triumphed.
Thatcham are seventh in the standings on 62 points, but could move into fourth if they win their final game and other results go their way.