Old Reigatian 24 Andover 34
They’ve done it, Andover are staying up.
In an incredible display of rugby, easily their best of the season, Andover pulled off the great escape at high flying old Reigatian last Saturday and sent old rivals Portsmouth crashing through the trap door.
Andover 29 KCS Old Boys 5
Oakwood sponsored Andover ensured the relegation battle in London South West two goes to a final day shoot out, with a superb performance against a strong KCS Old Boys outfit last Saturday.
It’s now a three way ‘do or die’ battle between Andover, Effingham and Leatherhead and Portsmouth for the final place in the drop zone and with all three having tough looking away games, it promises to be a real nail biter.
Portsmouth 2’s 57 – 7 Andover 2’s
Andover twos travel to Portsmouth for their first game of 2017. Having beaten Portsmouth earlier in the season Andover were hopeful they could do it again.
From the kick off Portsmouth showed just how they wanted to play this game and as they gained possession the ball was fed to their electric wingers, who pushed out wide to score in the corner.
Andover 2’s 7 – 56 Havant 2’s
A very youthful Andover 2’s welcomed Havant to the Goodship Ground for their third home game of the season as injury and unavailability once again left its mark.
Three seventeen year olds Fin Waite, Ioan Gwyn Davies and JJ Thomas stepped up from the acadmey colts, to join two eighteen year olds Harry Ward and Max McGrath graduates of last season, as the Academy once again proved its worth in producing a host of talent.
Last Saturday Danny Gillan’s Andover 3rd’s travel to Tottonians to play what on paper was the hardest game of the season.
Totts first team are flying high in London division one and their thirds have been all conquering in recent times but Andover, led by Bert Baxter for the day are no mugs themselves, having been promoted last season and used to winning.
At the end of a long hard season, Danny Gillans 3XV were finally crowned North Hants Merit champions.
Taken to the wire, everything hinged on the last game.
Despite Andover putting 73 points on Alresford at the start of the season, the All Blacks knew that a repeat of this would be almost impossible.
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.