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Monday, 13th November 2017

Disjointed Andover 3rd  XV  lose to well drilled Petersfield 2nd XV

In his absence, Danny Gillian’s Andover 3rd XV were again in league action this week after their emphatic win over a strong Alresford side last weekend; this time Andover faced Petersfield away who are always a good strong side that would offer very different opposition and challenges to previous games.

Selection this week had seen so many changes with players’ still carrying injuries or a dreaded bug that has appeared to move through the senior squads at a rate of snots! 3s VC Paul Gilbert (Stand-off) becoming a Saturday morning victim to the deadly “Backs Flu”.  With a complete selection nightmare and only 5 backs, Capt Jason Corney boldly placed himself at scrum half, Jody Morgan at 10 and Wayne Jones in at 12! With so much power, but so little speed, it certainly will be different seeing crashing runs for 9, 10 and 12.

At the kick-off Andover’s intent was made clear, a big powerful ball carrying team; they competed very hard at the break down and for a large spell in the opening twenty minutes, the home side was penned into their own 22 as Lloyd Heggie, Callum Steele, Craig Shingler (Debutant) and Tom Fulthorpe tested their defence on the fringes.  Sadly, Craig Shingler left the field with a broken wrist, which led to the early introduction of Jamie Miles, who straight away showed Petersfield his strength and ball carrying skills.

Applying the pressure paid off, as it was Andover first to score from a well-worked scrum from the ever consistent Andover forwards that drove the ball on before eventually reaching for the line and Scott Stanley (Debutant) scoring his first try for the club, Petersfield could do nothing to stop the well-drilled Andover pack.

The game continued to bring some great collisions with Jason Corney, Jody Morgan and Wayne Jones bolstering the 9,10 and 12 Chanel making life very difficult for the Home side to break through the middle of the pitch.    Andover’s defence was stretched, stopping wave after wave of Petersfield attacks until they finally caved in when the home side went wide and scored, the conversion followed.  Constant pressure paid off again for the home side and they called on their big powerful centre who found the space to score under the posts.

The second half brought more drama as Callum Steele (having a good physical game) allowed himself to be drawn into a verbal spat with the home sides scrum half, just to earn himself a rest on the side, as the referee asserting his authority made an example out of him.  Midway through the second half , a try saving tackle from Connor Talmage (Debutant), then a classic forwards try from Richie Oliver, gave Andover the belief that the game was still very much winnable, but Petersfield cleverly exposed the positional inexperience and went wide to score try after try, all converted by their kicker who was very much on form.   Final Score Petersfield 2s 46 – 10 Andover 3s

Next week sees the All Blacks face Stoneham RFC at Charlton, and a win could firmly put Andover into the top 4 despite a rocky start in the first quarter of the season.

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