Andover RFC 2XV 80-0 Ventnor RFC 1XV match report

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Andover RFC 2XV 80-0 Ventnor RFC 1XV match report

Counties 3 Hampshire Saturday 6 January 2024

This season – as the song goes – if it wasn’t for bad luck Ventnor would have no luck at all!

Despite their mid-week training kyboshed by impassible floods and having a squad member miss the Red Jet, it was Ventnor who started this game the brighter through good work from the kick-off by George Collett, Joe Coghlan and Callum Martin that put pressure on the Andover first-up defence and took the visitors into the home side’s twenty-two.

A minute later all had changed with Tom Crews out with a head injury and skipper Lewis Jones on the sidelines with a recurrence of the hand injury that has kept him out since early November. It was devastating for both players who had worked so hard to get on the pitch and by the time substitutes Ryan Cooper and the ever-willing Tristan ‘Beast’ Price had taken to the field Ventnor were down by two converted tries.

Then Max Wheeler took on the midfield defence and was down and out with a recurring knee injury while Beast caught his foot in the soft ground and heard his hamstring pop as he tackled the Andover No 8. Now Ventnor were down to thirteen.

Things got worse as Cooper came off with a knee strain but bravely returned to put on a storming display in both attack and defence.

Meanwhile Charlie Magnurson – who never conceded an inch – was struggling with the rib injury he picked up against the Isle of Wight but also refused to leave the field.

Andover RFC 2XV 80-0 Ventnor RFC 1XV match report
Andover RFC 2XV 80-0 Ventnor RFC 1XV match report

Andover RFC 2XV – at full strength with all their university players still on their Christmas break – racked up the scores assisted by an exemplary display of place kicking but Ventnor, rallied by Ben Savill, never gave up and kept playing their rugby.

Fred Fairman did well by chasing down a Sam Lines through kick and using his footballing skills to charge upfield. Despite a blatant block that hardly slowed him, he recovered the ball and support work by Jason Coltham, Ed Balke and Ben Souter almost put Cooper in for a deserved try. Later in the game, after a terrific turnover by Collett, Ventnor demonstrated what might have been with an attack led by Will Harrison that Blake and Andy Teague took into the red zone. Souter put the ball out wide but the out-numbered Coghlan wasn’t quite able to link up with Martin and the try went begging.

Team. Collett, Harrison, Savill, Teague, Coltham, C.Magnurson, Coghlan, Jones (capt), Souter, M.Wheeler, Fairman, Crews, Lines, Martin, E.Blake
Subs: Price, R.Cooper

The A J Wells Men of the Match: Ryan Cooper
The Red Funnel Moment of the Match: Louis Malkin

Coaches: Jason Evans
, Clive Cardwell-Hill
Physio: Sarah Watt

Match Report: JAMES MORTON

Next Ventner RFC Fixtures – Saturday 13th January 2024

Next Saturday (13th January) Ventnor 1sts entertain Alresford RFC 1XV at Watcombe. Kick-off at 14:00.

Best Regards

James

JAMES MORTON
Ventnor RFC
T: 07901 938 317

All fixtures are subject to change or cancellation at short notice.