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Last Saturday Danny Gillan’s Andover 3rd’s travel to Tottonians to play what on paper was the hardest game of the season.
Totts first team are flying high in London division one and their thirds have been all conquering in recent times but Andover, led by Bert Baxter for the day are no mugs themselves, having been promoted last season and used to winning.
At the end of a long hard season, Danny Gillans 3XV were finally crowned North Hants Merit champions.
Taken to the wire, everything hinged on the last game.
Despite Andover putting 73 points on Alresford at the start of the season, the All Blacks knew that a repeat of this would be almost impossible.
This week saw Danny Gillan's 3rd Team travel to Petersfield for their last away fixture of the season.
The home side were well up for this fixture and did not shy away from letting Andover know this before the game.
From the first contact it was clear this was going to be a tough game for the league leaders.
Andover 3 XV 15 - Eastleigh 3 XV 3
Danny Gillans Andover 3's went into last Saturdays league fixture full of confidence following the Xmas break as they faced a heavily bolstered Eastleigh 3's.
Andover started in their usual ferocious fashion putting huge pressure on the visitors from the start and the usual suspects of Jason Corney, Wayne jones, Bert Baxter and Phil McCann tested Eastleigh's defence with powerful running gaining good yardage whilst keeping possession.
Romsey 2's 24-28 Andover 3's
This week saw Andover 3's playing the last game of the year away to Romsey 2's. This game was down as a friendly but it's never too friendly once the whistle goes and to make things even tougher for the visitors Romsey decided on putting eleven of there first team out.
Danny Gillan's High flying Andover 3rd XV where back in league action this weekend, taking on a tough Chineham side in equally tough gale force conditions.
Boosted by the return of the legendary fly half kingpin Stuart McRea, the All Blacks started with the usual ferocity that they have become accustomed to using the big forwards to punch holes in the home sides defence and with Mcrea's speed and vision, it wasn't long before the the new centre partnership of josh Gibbs and Ben Maloney were slicing through the Chineham defence for Gibbs to notch up the first points of the day.
Stalwart leader, Danny Gillan took his undefeated, Fighting Falcons sponsored, Andover 3rd Team to Overton on a wet and windy Saturday. The knowledge that Overton were also unbeaten in their two league games and five friendlies meant the Andover Pack were aware this would be no metaphorical, walk in the park! However, with the desire to stretch their unbeaten run to five leagues games against local rivals strong in their hearts, Andover were determined to start strong. After driving the home side back well into their own half, Overton had no option but to concede an early penalty. Josh Gibbs confidently stepped up and slotted the three points.
Andover 3's 47-5 Petersfield 3's
Fighting Falcons sponsored ARFC 3's had there first home game of the season hosting Petersfield 3's.
Petersfield seamed to be a bit dishevelled when they arrived with only half an hour until kick off but this didn't seem to worry the home side who weren't in any mood to lose their first home game of the season.
Eastleigh 7 - 40 Andover
Fighting Falcons sponsored Andover RFC Third team where away this week with a short trip down to Eastleigh.
With these sides not being in the same league for a few years Andover were a bit uncertain of what they would be coming up against.
Andover once again started strong in the forwards and were dominating the scrums and lineouts as they did the week before with the backs yet again showing complete unison with the lines they were running and some great ball handling.
Alresford 0 - 73 Andover
The Fighting Falcons sponsored Third team started there new season with an away game to Alresford twos and with player/manager Danny Gillan back on the pitch the team were well up for it.
From the off Andover showed they were out in force and kept hold of the possession early, barely giving the home side a look in. After only a couple of scrums the home sides prop was injured and unable to continue forcing the scrums to uncontested therefore leaving Andovers plans of beating them up front in tatters.
Andover 22 - 5 Winchester
Danny Gillian's Andover 3' faced their toughest and final Derby of the season at the Goodship on Saturday, hosting a completely different Winchester side than the one they beat earlier in the season.
This age old rivalry is always a brutal and physical encounter and many of the past contests have been nail bitingly close and despite the score suggesting otherwise Winchester were never out of the game.
Andover 24-5 Overton
Andover 3's made the short trip to Overton this week seeking revenge for the defeat at the beginning of the season.
The Fighting Falcons sponsored 3's started well making the usual inroads through their forwards and with proud dad and scrum half Tim Gibbs orchestrating things well it was one of his two sons Josh Gibbs who broke the Overton defence to open the scoring and also kicking the extras.
Andover 17 - 12 Basingstoke Cavaliers
Andover 3s were in action at the Goodship last Saturday in what was to be another epic performance against local rivals Basingstoke.
The Fighting Falcons sponsored 3rd team were in no doubt that a complete team performance would be needed to outsmart their opponents and with the loss of their talisman and skipper Dan Gillan from a reoccurring injury it was the equally experienced Hooker Bert Baxter who took the reins.
Andover 61 - 0 Arlesford
The fighting Falcons sponsored Andover 3's showed from the first whistle that they were in no mood for a sloppy start.
Lloyd Heggie and Hywell Inglis rampaged up the pitch and quick ball to the backs unleashed Dominic Trett for the first of his brace of tries, converted by Mike Graham. Andover continued to press and Paul Gilbert soon skipped to extend the lead with Graham again converting.