Ventnor produced another solid performance to maintain their 100% record this season with a home win over Locksheath Pumas. After a slow start from Ventnor, the Pumas took the lead with an early unconverted try after 5 minutes. This only served to shake Ventnor into life. Gradually the Ventnor forwards began to take control and, after a serious of drives in the opposition 22, Ollie Davis crashed over for Ventnor’s first try, converted by Cooper.
From the resultant kick off Davis caught the ball and bludgeoned his way deep into the Pumas territory, offloading to Pickard who crossed the line for the first of his two tries.
Just before half time, Scott Jesney raced over in the corner to make the score 17 – 5.
Ventnor, as they did last week, relaxed at the start of the second period and allowed the Pumas’ strong ball carriers to gain a foot-hold, resulting in two tries conceded in the first 20 minutes.
Again Ventnor showed a spirit that has been lacking in recent seasons and came back strongly, scoring two further tries by Ross Harris and the impressive Pickard.
Ventnor travel to Solent University this Saturday (29th) full of confidence.
Wightlink Man of the Match was awarded to Jake Babington for his tireless tackling, and the AJ Wells Black Dog award went to Nathan Rickets. Ventnor RFC would like to thank The Landscape Group and Albany Garden Machinery for sponsoring the match.