After a hard fought loss last weekend on the road to Southampton RFC, Ventnor were keen to return to winning ways in their penultimate home game of the season.
The game started well for Ventnor, with Andrew Gough scoring from a quick tap penalty early on. Andover were caught a bit unawares by the speed of Ventnor’s attack in the build up.
Things carried on looking good for the home team and tries soon followed for Sam Lines, James Pemberton and Jake Babington.
For the majority of the first half Andover’s only reply was a converted penalty however on the stroke of half time they scored a break away try to make the score 22-10 to Ventnor.
In the second half, Andover put up a great defensive display to hold back Ventnor’s attack. However, Andrew Gough and Jake Babington completing their braces kept Ventnor out of reach. Even when Andover RFC scored another try, Ventnor’s win was never in doubt.
AJ Wells Man of the Match – Ben Savill
Red Funnel Moment of the Match – Fergus Kenny
Team – Pratt, Jones. Noyes, Savill, Griggs, Morton, Marsh, Colson, Gough, Riches, Cooper, Pemberton, Lines Babington, Urbonas; Blake, Teague, Harris, Fox
Ventnor RFC would like to thank the following for sponsoring the match: Joe’s Bar and Coffee Shop, Nettlecombe Farm, No 24, The Bonchurch Inn, Reynolds and Read Ltd.
This match report will appear in the spring 2019 edition of the Ventnor RFC Magazine and the spring 2019 edition of the Isle of Wight Rugby Magazine