News from the Under 16s
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Sunday, 11th March 2018
Andover U 16 47 Salisbury U 16 12
UK web media sponsored Andover U 16 warmed up for next week’s Hampshire plate semi-final against Farnborough with a very assured performance away to Salisbury.
Both sides had key players missing which left Andover travelling to Wiltshire with just sixteen players.
But Andover have developed so well these days, that the players who came in to the side made sure that the absentees were hardly noticed, as they dominated all aspects of the game.
Playing with the wind and slope in their favour, Salisbury made the early exchanges tough and tried to take Andover on at the fringes of the breakdown. They pressed but the Andover defence, superbly marshalled by Dean Smith, held firm.
Andover weathered the storm and then began to make inroads with Tommy Lloyd and skipper Sean Higgins pulling the strings in midfield.
Man of the match Bryn Waite was supplying endless lineout ball, tackling hard and providing impressive link play, as Andover gradually broke down the home sides resistance.
Charlie Lawley Max Greenwood and Dan Gregory all had solid outings up front, where Charlie Rhodes, Jake Meek and Callum Barber Starkey were also their usual bullish selves.
It was also great to see Arlo Matley and Max Peck back in Andover shirts after spells out.
In the end Andover ran in nine tries as the spirited opposition ran out of steam.
There was a hat trick for the excellent CJ Fiern, a double for a tough and lively Myles Wakeham, single tries for Meek, Barber Starkey and Matley and a very popular effort, well finished by Brendan Poole.
Special mention should go to Charlie Lawley and Max Greenwood who not only played well but got themselves to Salisbury by train, showing real commitment to the cause.