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Saturday, 28th October 2017
Andover 3rd 22 Arlesford 2nd 7
Danny Gillan’s 3s were looking to pick themselves up after defeat against Portsmouth 2s the previous week and with a strong team at their disposal and Alresford traveling with a bare 15 it should have been a comfortable afternoon.
Alresford had other ideas however and they started with real purpose, making the home team defend for much of the first 20 minutes before finally scoring the first try of the game.
Andover woke up and from the restart Andover skipper Jason Corney forced the turn over to put Andover on the front foot.
Soon after Scrum half Gordon Mitchel released the impressive James Hardiman and his clever offload allowed stand off Paul Gilbert to score Andover’s first try of the afternoon.
Well lead by Corney the Andover pack continued to run the hard lines as Hywel Inglis, Sam Gibbs, Will Janes, Callum Steele and Angus Mcgill battered the visitors.
With Andover now dominating, a moment of genius and quick thinking from Andy Dawkins found Gilbert, who repaid the favour and put Hardiman for a 12-5 lead at the interval.
The second half started with the same intensity with some big efforts up front especially from debutant Toby Dxion and MoM Jody Morgan.
Kev Butcher went close but the Arlesford forwards stood firm, so Andover turned to their backs again.
Some intelligent rugby and strong running from Tim Smith, Sean McDonald, Harrison Gundry and Morgan Vanandel, put Andover in firm Control.
The pressure finally paid off. A quick penalty from the impressive Dawkins saw Corney power over the line for a try and the game was finally secured when once again, Hardiman found space to use his blistering pace to ensure a 22-7 final score for Andover.
Special mention for Lucas Robin who,found himself playing for the opposition to compensate for their injuries, a fantastic attitude from a young player with a bright future at the club.