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Saturday, 16th September 2017
Milbrook 51 Andover 29
Danny Gillan's 3rd XV travelled to Millbrook for the opening game of an important season ahead. With only 13 players in tow, Millbrook were kind enough to lend a player(Aaron), who played as if the black shirt was his all season.
The game didn't start as planned, with Millbrook taking full advantage of the spare men on the field to run 3 in tries in quick succession.
Undaunted, a spirited Andover by lead by skipper Jason Corney, started to run phases then release the backs, who were well organised by Paul Gilbert,
It was still 33-0 to the home side at the break, but Andover were starting to make inroads, piling the pressure which resulted in jack Buckley finishing of a fantastic backs move after good work from Wayne Jones.
From the restart Millbrook were again rocked with man of the match Tom Fulthorpe putting in some big hits to keep the home side in their half.
Millbrook were struggling with the Andover onslaught, with Will Janes, Hywel Inglis and Callum Steele hitting hard lines, eventually leading to Matty Doyle scoring his first ever senior Andover try.
With the pack running riot and the backs showing their magic, the Andover 13 were really showing their worth.
Vice-captain Paul Gilbert went on a sparkling run before feeding Wayne Jones for Andover's 3rd try of the game and minutes later Gilbert was at it again and from a resulting scrum, James hit a fantastic line at speed to cut open the home side defence for try no4.
Millbrook finally woke up in the last quarter of the game as the Andover thirteen tired and added a couple of scores, but with only a minute remaining on the clock, Corney had the last say, as a fantastic lineout lead to the skipper grabbing try no5 for the All Blacks.
The spirit shown by a side with only 13 players was epitomised by great performances from veterans Mike Graham and Gordon Mitchell and the ever present Winger Charlie Ward, as Andover won the second half and finished the game with heads held high.