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Sunday, 23rd October 2016

Andover Colts 24 - Wimborne Colts 5

Andover Colts, newly sponsored by Basepoint Business Centre got back to winning ways with a 24-5 victory over travelling Wimborne. 

Despite ten players being unavailable and new combinations of players being used, the All Blacks put in a good first half performance which gave them the platform to move away from the visitors in the second half.

The home side started well following the kick off with a series of short runs and rucks to take the game to the visitors. A dominant scrum, solid lineout, good distribution from Leiws Reed at 9, strong runs from centre Ryan Doyle and a good kicking game into a very strong wind from Harrison Pape at 10 meant for large periods of the half Wimborne were pegged back.

However, Wimborne had a period of sustained pressure and despite good defence throughout the half, they eventually broke the deadlock with a blindside break following a lineout on the 22 yard line. This gave them a 5-0 lead which was how it remained at half time.

Andover made numerous changes at half time and playing with the wind at their backs started to assert themselves. An opportunity for three points was narrowly missed when the penalty attempt  drifted wide early in the half, but shortly afterwards sharp work from Callum Farr at the scrum saw him gather the oppositions ball and feed winger Sam Sears for the opening score. Ioan Gwynne Davies converted to put Andover into the lead. 

The home side then increased the pace of the game which paid dividends. Gwynne Davies added to his tally with a good run which led to a try. Shortly afterwards Farr continued his sharp work with a quick tap penalty, which was fed down the backs line to winger Gabe Williams for a try in the corner. Both conversions were missed in the windy conditions.

Wimborne then started to come back at the home side and started to dominate the scrum and the breakdown with strong forward play which kept the game interesting for all. Despite this Andover held firm and finished the afternoon with a full length of the field run from Williams which was touched down under the posts for his second try of the match. Ben Reed converted to make the final score 24-5.

All in all a good performance from the Colts, against a decent Wimborne side.

Next week they test themselves against Alton who are currently top of Hampshire League 1.

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