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Match report: Ventnor RFC 1XV v Overton RFC 1XV, 1 December 2018

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Ventnor RFC 1XV 12 – 27 Overton RFC 1XV

After a few games of fluctuating form, Ventnor went into this weekends game with a positive attitude and a determination to play the kind of rugby they all know they are capable of.

As the mist passed the game kicked off, but it soon became apparent that the game wasn’t going to be an easy one and Overton went over, within the first 5 minutes, to score their first try of the day. Not the start that Ventnor was hoping for. One try soon became two, but Ventnor refused to let their heads drop and used the frustration to good effect. Ed Blake broke the line with a tap and go penalty and scored Ventnor’s first try, converted by Max Wheeler.

Overton hit back with some hard runs from their forwards but Ventnor has learned from their previous tries that they must tackle well, and after a good phase of strong defence on their own try line Ventnor prevented them from scoring again. This seemed to give Ventnor the motivation they needed to play some aggressive rugby and were rewarded with a try that came from their number 8 Harry Colson, who continues to improve each week.

Half time finished at 12 – 12.

The second half didn’t go Ventnors way and although it was a closely fought battle in the worsening mud, the game would end at 12 – 27 in favour of the visitors.

Although another loss, Ventnor showed some real promise that they are capable of playing some good rugby with a new developing squad and will approach their next game at Ellingham and Ringwood with the same attitude.

Ventnor would like to thank the following match day sponsors; Signpost Express, Barry Pike, Island Food Services, Mackenzies Chartered Accounants, Groundsell Contracting Ltd, Abacus Espress Logistics, Gamson Grey Design and Media.

AJ Wells Man of the Match – Pat Dawes

Red Funnel Moment of the Match – Sam Dawson

Team – Dawson, Jones, Pratt, Tucker, Teague, Marsh, Edwards, Colson, Bridges, Wheeler, Atkins, Dawes, Urbonas, Turner, Blake Subs – Keyes, Babington

Report by Sam Dawson

This match report and images will appear in the Winter edition of the Ventnor RFC Magazine, as well as appearing in the Winter edition of the Isle of Wight Rugby Magazine

Related links

Overton RFC

Ventnor RFC Magazine

Isle of Wight Rugby Magazine