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Saturday, 14th January 2017

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 resumed the second-half in rampaging fashion as they pressed the opposition back into their own 22. Griffiths bundled over for his second from short range after a passage of organised play from the Hampshire All Blacks. The gap started to open up as Andover worked themselves into a 15-7 lead. Vectis were sent straight back under their own posts from the resulting kick-off as Culley-Wilson, Lishman and Doherty combined their pace and perfectly timed 2 on 1’s to send the latter over for Andover’s 3rd 5-pointer. The crowd were briefly subdued as the referee used his yellow card to stem some enthusiastic play by both teams, at which point the Vectis fly-half exploited a gap in the host’s defence to score a consolation try. James Griffiths completed his hat-trick before the final whistle blew, to send the islanders home feeling a little sunken, with Andover finishing off a fine 25-14 victory. Culley-Wilson collected Man of the Match and James Griffiths the coach’s pick.

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