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Sunday, 30th October 2016

Alton Colts 25- Andover Colts 27

The extra hour in bed, or not for some, left just enough in the tank for Andover to snatch a win in the last seconds of an absorbing friendly contest against high flying Alton Colts.

The game was split into three periods, the sides exchanged penalties before Basepoint Business Centre sponsored Andover took the lead when Callum Farr burrowed over following a twice taken five metre penalty, Ioan Gwynne-Davies made full use of the benign conditions and landed the conversion from out wide. Alton scored their first try driving over following a line out just before the first break.

With teams reshuffled the second period belonged to the home side as they scored three tries playing down the slope. Further damage was prevented when Josh Ingram ripped the ball close to his own line and with head down charged like a rhino until the referee blew for an infringement, Andover kicked to touch and safety. An interception and a 60m run from Sam Sears reduced the home side’s advantage to 10 points at the second break.

The final period was tightly contested with both sides defending resolutely. A quick penalty by Ioan Gwynne-Davies and a darting run led to the third Andover try and Gwynne-Davies added the extras to bring the visitors to within three points. Just as it looked as though the game was lost Charlie Deavall ripped the ball in his own half, it was fed out wide leaving Gabe Williams with plenty to do but he put on the burners and scored in the corner to take the spoils.

A thoroughly entertaining game for the crowd, well martialled by the referee and played in a great spirit by both sides - a benchmark for colts rugby.


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