Andover 25 – Vectis 14
The forecast for Sunday’s league match between Andover and Vectis may have been dull and wet, in reality, the amassed home supporters were treated to a polished performance by two well-matched top of the table teams. Stepping out onto the Goodship to put the record straight, the Woodstock Heating & Plumbing sponsored U16's started brightly and intelligent kicking pinned the away side back in their own half. A well-rehearsed catch and drive, led by the ever-aerial Ward, resulted in Griffiths diving over for the opening score. Andover spent the following 20 minutes deep in Vectis territory, but failing to convert pressure into points, a smart interception from the Vectis back line led to a length of the pitch try. The subsequent conversion created a score line of 5-7 in favour of the visitors, however a late first half penalty ensured Andover went into the interval leading by 1 point thanks to the boot of Sarginson.
Andover 20 Portsmouth 17
Newcotech sponsored Andover U17’s welcomed Portsmouth RFC to a sun blessed Hants County Plate final at the Goodship ground on Sunday. The home side elected to play against both the slope and blustery wind in the first half. A strong Portsmouth side soon put Andover under pressure, pinning them deep in their own half. For the next 20 minutes, Andover defended well and stopped Portsmouth just short of their try line several times.
Colts sign off season at Alton 7's
On the last weekend of the season, Andover Colts sponsored by Basepoint Business Centre travelled to Alton to take part in the annual 7's tournament. For three of the Under 18 players this was the end of an era as it is the last time they will pull on an Andover shirt for the junior section of the club and the day was especially poignant for Alton as the club were collecting money for St. Michael's Hospice who cared for Paul Cantoni (one of their stalwarts) in his last weeks before his passing a couple of months ago.