Ventnor RFC 1XV 8-32 Isle of Wight RFC 1XV match report
Counties 3 Hampshire Saturday 16 December 2023
The Isle of Wight completed a deserved double over Ventnor when their 1st XVs met at Watcombe on Saturday.
However, the Isle of Wight RFC 1XV struck back quickly when some excellent line kicking gave them position and were able to power over for two tries – the second containing a very obvious knock-on. Dan Lythgoe came on for the ageless Tristan Price and was prominent in Ventnor’s defensive line in which Jason Coltham and the ubiquitous Lewy Morton were outstanding.
Ventnor RFC 1XV‘s kicking game began to fade after early promise from Cooper, Luke Butler and Jake Babington and the game became a scrappy affair with the visitors always edging the territory. Half time arrived with the score 3 – 10.
Ventnor got lucky at the start of the second half when Lines scored an interception try from deep inside his own half despite the referee playing a penalty advantage for the visitors. Andy Teague had to leave the field with a head knock and James Green came on to add some power to Ventnor’s forward pack in which skipper Ben Savill never took a backward step.
Image: Andy Mullins
With a bit of typical derby niggle setting in, Entwistle received a yellow for someone else’s verbals and – bizarrely – the outstanding George Collett was then shown a red for an incident that even the Isle of Wight players told the referee that he was innocent of.
With a man down and time running out, Ventnor started taking risks and the Isle of Wight were able to score three more tries which probably offered an unbalanced perspective of the game without taking anything away from a deserved win by the Isle of Wight who continue to battle for league honours.
Team: Collett, H.Marsh, Price, Teague, Coltham, Savill (capt), L.Morton, Entwistle, Souter, Cooper, E.Blake, Butler, Lines, Cocks, Babington. Subs: Lythgoe, Fairman, Gray
Coaches: Jason Evans
, Clive Cardwell-Hill
Physio: Sarah Watt
Match Report: JAMES MORTON
Ventnor RFC would like to thank our match sponsors, namely: Red Funnel Ferries, Abacus Logistics, Blakes Longshoremen, Jewson Sandown, Mackenzies Chartered Accountants, Mark Rogers, Mike Flanagan, TJ Properties and Tom Wells.
Next Ventner RFC Fixtures – Saturday 6 January 2024
The Hampshire league takes a break over Christmas until 6th January 24 when Ventnor 1sts travel to Andover RFC by which time it is hoped that some injuries will be healed and the squad is able to come back to full strength
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