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Friday, 29th September 2017

After a fantastic second half display against Millbrook last week, Danny Gillan’s 3s were looking to pick up where they left off with their first home game of the season.

It wasn’t long before the home side took the advantage from a lineout, a bold call from Capt Jason Corney, lead to the ball coming of the top from only 10 metres out into the safe hands of seasoned scrum half Gordon Mitchel, the backs then put it through their hands to Manager Danny Gillian on the far side wing to run in his and the team’s first try of the afternoon. 

Minutes later, a complacent Andover, allowed FH to run at them and subsequently conceding a try which the visitors converted.   From the restart a chase down from Jason Corney pinned the visitors in their own half, and a fantastic turnover from Andy Dawkins, allowed strong crashing red balls from Danny Gillan, Hywel Thomas and Lloyd Heggie.  With FH now under pressure, the last thing the wanted was an Andover scrum 10 metres out! From the second Gordon Mitchell fed the ball, the big Andover pack walked over the line for Ruben to score a debut try. 

Minutes later more fantastic handling from the backs saw another debutant, Luke Stubbings to cross the line for try number 3, the home side really starting to find their feet. With half time nearing, James Hardiman decided to run around 9 of the 15 FH players for try number 4.  Hardiman put in a MOTM performance and would’ve been had it not been for the antics of Vice Capt Paul Gilbert.  Gilbert was a nuisance to FH all afternoon with a fine display in the contact areas and putting huge amounts of pressure on their No 8.

The second half saw fantastic run away tries from Jack Lucker, Darren Beer and Patrick Holmes, who all left FH with no pace or no answer! But fittingly, it was MOTM Gilbert, who finished off the game and the scoring in style selling not 1, not 2, but 3 dummies to the FH backline before running over for the 8th and last try of the game.  Only 2 of the 8 tries were converted and Manager Danny Gillan was lenient with “Miss Kick Stubby” after such a good performance throughout. 

Final Score – Andover 3rd XV 44 – 7 Fareham Heathens

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