Match report: Ventnor RFC 1XV v Locks Heath Pumas RFC 1XV 15/09/2018

Ventnor RFC 1XV 13 – 22 Locks Heath Pumas RFC 1XV
On a sunny September afternoon, Ventnor hosted Lockheath Pumas for the second league fixture of the season. Feeling confident going into the game, Ventnor made great early progress. Momentum swung back and forth in the opening exchanges with strong carries off Edwards and Jones, among others. Unfortunately for Ventnor, the Pumas scored two tries to open up a 12-0 advantage.
Ventnor struck back with 3 points from the boot of Riches just before halftime.
Again Ventnor looked the better team throughout the early moment of the second half, with Pemberton and Gough making big inroads in the opposing team, both in attack and defence. However, it was Pumas that struck first, scoring a try to take the score to 17-3. Ventnor, through relentless intent, scored through Lines’ quick tap penalty. However, Lockheaths scored a breakaway try to put the score at 22-8. Ventnor scored a late try by Paul Berry to put the score at at 22-13.
AJ Wells Man of the Match – Lewis Jones
Red Funnel Moment of the Match – Chris Hill
Match report: Sam Lines
A full report will appear in: the Ventnor RFC Magazine Autumn 2018 edition and the Autumn 2018 edition of the Isle of Wight Rugby Magazine.