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Thursday, 30th April 2015
Andover RFC Ladies kept up the pressure on top side Fordingbridge with a battling performance in round seven of the touch rugby series held at Fareham last weekend.
Andover cemented their second place position and finished the day unbeaten after recording two wins and two draws in a very close and hard fought round.
Andover were without Co-captain Emma Dowinton, who led the team from the side line due to injury, but still produced a confident display.
First up were home side Fareham Hags. Andover started well with the pacey Susan Mitchell and Abby Goddard, both being held up short of the try line. Lara Macdonald, in her final tournament of the season, played with aggression and confidence and as she pushed forward, quick passing wide by Katie Dean and Amanda Wood saw Aga Tyszewicz score to win the game 1 – 0.
Game two was against Farnborough, a team new to the series this season who came hard at Andover. But with centres Lisa Wood and Emma Hunter standing firm, Emily Francis-Pollin used her speed to drive forward and fed Goddard who scored with a dramatic dive into the corner for 1 – 0 win.
The third game saw newly restructured US Portsmouth struggle against strong defence from Andover’s Vicki Brown. Kickboxer Tara Bradbury utilised the confidence she gains in the ring, nullifying the aggressive US no 8, but in attack Andover could not find a way through and the game ended 0 – 0.
Co-captain Goddard took charge of the final game against Fordingbridge. With quick passing from her and Clare Hollinshead Andover made early inroads in their fight to maintain their league position. Lisa Wood came on at half time and used her front row skill to push the defence forward and although Fordingbridge tried hard, Andover held them out comfortably to record an impressive 0 – 0 draw.
All in all a good day for Andover who will work hard to improve their try scoring threat before the series finale on 18th May 2015.