Ventnor ensure top-flight status for 2011-12 season


Ventnor ensure top-flight status for 2011-12 season

Ventnor RFC 1XV 64 Fareham Heathens RFC 8 match report

26th March 2011

AN EMPHATIC win against Fareham guaranteed Ventnor Hampshire Division 1 rugby next season [2011-2012].

Ventnor ensure top-flight status for 2011-12 season
Ventnor ensure top-flight status for 2011-12 season

Both teams enjoyed possession in a cagey first 20 minutes, before Shaun Williams broke through to score.

Ten minutes later scrum-half Paul Berry came off the base of the scrum and scored from ten metres out.

Both tries were converted by Ben Cooper, giving Ventnor a 14-3 half-time lead.

After the break, Ventnor increased the pressure, with the forwards surging and the backs supporting effectively.

The floodgates opened as Cooper scored a fine solo effort, before Sam Lines scored two — the second a reminder of the form Ventnor showed earlier in the season, as 12 players were involved.

Other scorers were Ben Lush, Todd Riches and Rob Newton before Cooper flew over for the final try.

Cooper also kicked seven conversions, giving him a personal tally of 24 points, which gained him the AJ Wells Black Dog Award.

The Wightlink Man of the Match was awarded to Mario Testa and Tristan Price.

Squad: Ball, Malkin, Price, Testa, Fulljames, Marsland, Williams, Riches, Berry, Kenny (capt), Draper, Lush, Lines, Engelgardt, Cooper.

Subs: Newton, Jackson.

From the archives: republished online December 2023

Our sponsor Andrew, of Gamson Gray Design and Media, has kindly transcribed this report, in May 2024, from the original report to allow for it to be re-published online. This was from a report kindly provided by Warren Fresle. Original report author unknown.

This is from a series of match reports he has kindly transcribed and re-published as part of the online Ventnor RFC News Archives