Eastleigh 25 Andover 13
The last time these two old rivals met in the league was three seasons ago, in a game that ended in a defeat for Andover that cost them the London South West three title.
On this occasion there was more at stake for the home side as they desperately needed to win to lift them away from the relegation zone and once again they proved too much for the ‘All Blacks.’
Andover 42 Gosport and Fareham 21
In a superb all-round display, Oakwood sponsored Andover overcame adversity and some tough uncompromising opponents, to run out comfortable winners over Gosport and Fareham at Foxcotte park last weekend.
With Gosport having been in higher divisions it has been many years since the Hampshire rivals met in the league, but after a shaky start, Andover swept the challenge of the South Coast club aside, to emphasise the improvement they have made in the last few seasons.
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 2nd XV vs Torjans 2nd XV
After a week off Andover Hinds hosted Trojans at the Goodship ground and were keen to continue their winnings ways. The new Andover attacking strategy has been working well and the Hinds were looking forward to playing some aggressive attacking rugby.
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.