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Sunday, 7th October 2018

Andover Colts 48 Bournemouth Colts 21
If anyone was in doubt as to the progress this young Andover side have made this season, they need look no further than this excellent performance last Sunday.
National league giants Bournemouth fielded a strong side and were confident, but they were simply blown away by the young All Blacks, in a performance that at times was breath-taking.
Doug Armes and Finlay Anderson Clark stole the headlines with five tries between them, but in truth this was a superb team effort.
From the first attack confidently set up by Bryn Waite, to the final whistle, Andover played some wonderful stuff and even a spell of over confidence that let Bournemouth back in it, took nothing away.
Up front Andover were dominant with skipper Tommy O’ Brien and CJ Fiern causing mayhem early on.
Sam Docherty and Dean Smith were outstanding and Myles Wakeham was everywhere as Andover ran riot.
Tommy Lloyd released his backs superbly and Harry Scobie linked with him  well for Armes to grab a brace.
Lloyd weighed in with a superb try of his own and as Anderson Clarke finished neatly the game looked over in the first quarter.
Disrespect your opponents at your peril in this game though and as Andover show-boated the visitors made them pay with three unanswered tries of their own.
Choice words at half time got Andover back on track and they soon took complete control.
Unsung heroes Dan Gregory and Charlie Lawley continued to give Andover control up front and welcome returns from injury for Sam Crofts and Max Greenwood gave extra momentum.
Armes competed his hat trick and Anderson Clarke got his second as Andover turned the screw.
The excellent Sean Higgins went over and then full back James Wallace capped a fine personal performance with a try to add to his four conversions.
All in all against such good opposition this was a splendid victory and Andover were so good, they could even manage to cope with a slightly less than spritely Ronan walker, playing half an hour the day after his eighteenth birthday!!


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