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Saturday, 17th September 2016
Andover 2’s 41 – 3 Winchester 2’s
Andover 2’s welcomed Winchester to the Goodship Ground for their first home game of the season. Still pained by last weekends result, Andover were keen to bounce back and give the home supports some great Rugby.
Andover started this game better with Aaron Hatcher making the first big break of the game, followed closely by Joe Newell, who’s pace really put Winchester on the back foot, a scrambled defence saw Andover get its first chance to put points on the board, missing regular kicker, Josh Gibbs it was a chance for Jonny Rogers to take charge, and he slotted home his first of many.
Woke by this Winchester decided to use it’s pacey backs, however Ben Fulton had other ideas and swiftly put a stop to that, with the forwards now in full control, the ball made its way to Jonny, who’s “up and under” saw Sam Preece almost score. As re- enforcements arrived Sam had his second chance and crashed over under the posts. On the restart Andover’s over enthusiasm saw Winchester take its first and only points of the game.
Andover were then forced to make some changes as first David Catt then Joe Newell both had to leave the field with injuries, this however did not faze the Andover team and Aaron Hatcher then scored his first of two try’s. As frustration started to enter the Winchester team a “Body Check” on Fin Waite saw the ref reach for his Yellow card.
Winchester, now down to 14 men, allowed Andover to fully dominate the game and the home team quickly added another two try’s through Samson (Sumo) Earle and Matt Moore as the first half drew to a close.
Still with only 14 men, Winchester started the second half strong until a head injury saw them reduced to 13 men, in the true spirit of the game, Andover eased up and used the opportunity to try players out in different positions, but as more and more injuries came both team managers decided to finish the game early.
Afterwards, Manager Jody Morgan was full of praise for his team, “ This year is all about enjoying your rugby and being part of a great club”, adding,” We really have some amazing players this year and feel that we still have a lot more to give”. It’s a great place to be when you’re surrounded by so much talent”
Man of the Match went to Aaron Hatcher