Tottonians RFC 1XV 17-7 Ventnor RFC 1XV 30 January 1993 Match Report
Ventnor produced a stirring performance to only go down narrowly against their Division I opponents.
The islanders had the equal of Tottonians in the first half with the forwards winning good ball from ruck and maul situations.
Ventnor deservedly look the lead after 15 minutes when the Tottonian outside centre, in at- tempting to so up an attack, kicked the ball straight at Vent-nor wing Warren Fresle, who took full advantage of the opportunity to run in unopposed from halfway and score under the posts. Martin converted.
Tottonians reduced the deficit with a well struck penally. but at half-time the score remained 7-3 and an upset was on the cards.
The home side played with it greater sense of urgency in the second half.
Ventnor continued to defend well with some good hackling from the three-quarters and excellenl handling from full-back Dave Martin who was put under a lot of pressure with the Tottonian high hall tactic.
Eventually. Tottonian’s territorial advantage began to tell and a successfully converted penalty was followed by a well executed drop goal that gave them the leaden the hour.
Ventnor could find no reply the home side secured victory earth a push over try from a five- yard scrum.