Travelling up to Chineham is never an easy game and Ventnor had to show great defensive prowess to keep the home side to just the one score.
The first half was a close fought 40 minutes with Ventnor only leading 17-0 after tries from debutant Cameron Griggs, Max Wheeler and Cory Turner.
The second half looked more daunting to Ventnor as now they were playing up the hill that had hampered Chineham’s efforts. However the younger, fitter side flourished with wide attacking rugby.
Another try from Griggs, and scores from Dom Marsh, Ben Atkins and Andrew Teague kept the score board ticking. But Ventnor weren’t done there as in the last 2 mintues, 2 well worked team tries were finished off by Ed Blake. The brace gave the score a healthy look. Kicking 5 of the conversions was tighthead prop Ricky Keyes.
Chineham 2XV 7 – 55 Ventnor 2XV
AJ Wells Man of the Match – Cameron Griggs
Red Funnel Moment of the Match – Ricky Keyes
Team – Savill, Jones (C), Keyes, Teague, Griggs, Atkins, Marsh, Colson, Cripps, Flanagan, Urbonas, Wheeler, Turner, Gough, Blake.
After having their away game against Winchester 2XV reversed to become a home game, Ventnor RFC were informed very late on Thursday night that their opponents would not be showing up for the match. This is the second time Ventnor have had this happen to them this season.
Following their decision not to show, the Winchester side have been kicked out the league and will not take part in any fixtures for the remainder of the season. All league points won against them will be taken away from the other teams.
Ventnor RFC Chairman Ed Blake had this to say:
“First of all, I’m glad Winchester have been kicked out the league by Hampshire RFU. They were making a mockery of a very good league that is Hampshire 1. All the time they were playing a 3XV in Hampshire 2, at the expense of their 2XV in a higher league. This should not be happening.
“Our grievance is the length of time Hampshire have taken to act as this is the 9th fixture Winchester have not shown for. Also the way that all points, however win, have been taken away from teams, meaning we now lose 10 league points. Not only have we lost points but we have lost momentum. We now face only having 1 league game between now and the big local derby with Isle of Wight on the 9th February.”
Club Captain Jake Babington said:
“I want to take the opportunity to thank the players for preparing themselves well for the fixture for then it to be cancelled. We now look forward to welcoming Ellingham and Ringwood to Watcombe on Saturday 12th Jan. They are joint top of the league with only 1 loss so will be tough opponents but one we believe we can upset”.