After a hard fought loss on the road to Southampton, Ventnor were keen to return to winning ways in their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday (9th March).
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 scored another try, Ventnor’s win was never in doubt.
Ventnor 34 – 15 Andover 2XV
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.