Andover 5 Warlingham 37
It was a bad day at the office for Andover at the Goodship ground last Saturday, as a strong Warlingham side ran out comfortable winners.
The visitors were sharper and more organised than a strangely lethargic Andover, who for the first time this season didn't look capable of getting anything from the game.
Teddington 27 Andover 40
A perfect eight from eight kicks, gave centre Charlie Waite a personal twenty point haul at Teddington last Saturday, and along with some awesome scrummaging, this proved to be the decisive factor in a superb bonus point win on the road for the 'All Blacks'. Oakwood sponsored Andover made the long journey to West London, with a much changed side, in what was billed as a must win game for Teddington, who were in the relegation zone, whilst Andover looked to consolidate their own mid table position. Andover began superbly with Jack Cooper putting in a smashing tackle from the kick off as Andover set out their stall. From a resultant scrum penalty, Callum Farr went quickly and fed winger Charlie Deavall who finished neatly after just two minutes. Waite converted from wide out and just ten minutes later was on target again from an excellent long range penalty, as Andover turned the screw at the scrum.
Andover travelled to top of the league Portsmouth for their first game of 2018 looking for the win that would guarantee them a top 4 place in the league.
Portsmouth are a tough physical team so it was always going to be a difficult day at the office but Andover did not help themselves by travelling with just 16 players, two of whom were delayed, meaning they began with only 14 men.
Andover 2nd XV vs Portsmouth 2nd XV
Andover Hinds and Portsmouth are known for a having big dominating packs so it was guaranteed to be a physical outing at the Goodship last Saturday, but luckily that is exactly how the Hinds like it.
From the start it was obvious that this was not going to be a high scoring game with two well matched teams, but Andover looked the more dangerous in attack despite some unforced errors.
Andover’s 3XV travelled to Portsmouth on 29/09/18 looking for a turn around from the previous week’s shutout loss against Millbrook. With a bare 15 and a few new faces, the team hit the road in a positive mood looking for that elusive away win.
As is 3s rugby, there were a few enforced positional changes, most notably veteran hooker Bert Baxter pulling on the 9 jersey in the absence of any recognized scrum half. There was also a senior rugby debut for Sam Dougherty – both would play an important part in the game.
Disjointed Andover 3rd XV lose to well drilled Petersfield 2nd XV
In his absence, Danny Gillian’s Andover 3rd XV were again in league action this week after their emphatic win over a strong Alresford side last weekend; this time Andover faced Petersfield away who are always a good strong side that would offer very different opposition and challenges to previous games.
Andover Ladies 7s Touch Team travelled down to Fordingbridge for their 2nd tournament of the season.
The side still rebuilding after the loss of 16 players from last season, were looking to improve on the 1 draw and 3 losses in their 1st tournament, in which they leaked 8 tries and their 3. Training had gone well, concentrating on defence and a few set piece moves with Coach Carl Borg-Neal hoping their hard work would pay dividends on the day.
Andover RFU Ladies 7’s Touch team visited Aldershot & Fleet at the weekend, for their long awaited first tournament of the season.
The young and inexperienced side consisting of 3 under 18’s, 2 of which were amongst 4 of the 9 in the squad playing in their 1st tournament, as the team rebuilds after losing 10 of last season’s squad to injury, retirement or other reasons.