Andover 26 Old Tonbridgians 32
There was late drama last Saturday at the Goodship ground, as Oakwood sponsored Andover staged a comeback to snatch a lifeline in this London south west two encounter, thanks to the most unlikely of heroes.
With Andover kicker Harrison Pape off injured and no one else to kick, young flanker Finlay Waite, stepped up and struck two conversions, to give Andover a vital extra bonus point, having never kicked in a senior game before.
Camberley 75 Andover 7
The elation of Oakwood sponsored Andover's pre Christmas win over local rivals Winchester was quickly forgotten last weekend by a strong and well organised Camberley side.
Whilst the home side looked hungry, Andover had the appearance of a side who had enjoyed the break too much as they struggled to make any impact in the game.
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.
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 3rd 22 Arlesford 2nd 7
Danny Gillan’s 3s were looking to pick themselves up after defeat against Portsmouth 2s the previous week and with a strong team at their disposal and Alresford traveling with a bare 15 it should have been a comfortable afternoon.
Alresford had other ideas however and they started withreal purpose, making the home team defend for much of the first 20 minutes before finally scoring the first try of the game.
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.