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Sunday, 2nd October 2016
Gosport & Fareham Colts 11 - Andover Colts 39
Played in glorious autumn sunshine this was a slow burner of a game and at times in the first half the only victory in sight for Andover was the sun glinting on the masts of Nelsons flagship. As Andover strove to find their game Gosport went ahead by six points with two kicked penalties but failed to turn other opportunities into points. Ioan Gwynne-Davies made them pay scoring the first try for Oakwood sponsored Andover. A second try soon followed, Ben Reed kicked through, Gwynne-Davies was there to scoop up the ball and Reed was on hand to finish off the move he started. Gwynne-Davies added the extras and then struck a penalty between the posts to take a nine point lead at half time. Andover lost Callum Smith to a neck injury just before the interval as he bravely carried the ball away from the danger zone.
With a re-shaped line up in the second half Andover were initially under the cosh but turned defence into attack with Ioan Gwynne-Davies mesmerising the Gosport defence with a 50 m run to score under the posts. Gosport replied with their first try of the game. Tempers became a little frayed as handbags were exchanged but Gwynne-Davies produced a majestic step to score his third try of the afternoon and restore order. Andover went down to 14 players when Jack Cooper had ten minutes of reflection in the bin but the defence kept the strong Gosport forward runners at bay with some fine tackling. Jack Potter crashed over to add Andover's fifth try and Josh Middleton broke free to add the sixth in the last play.
It took time for Andover to build a platform for victory, the back line moved the ball nicely creating the opportunities for what was in the end a comfortable win.