Isle of Wight’s second team took a significant step towards their target of the league title by overcoming nearest challengers Lymington in a fine contest on a heavy Wootton Rec pitch. As has been the case so many times this season so far, the Isle of
After a narrow but bruising victory at Lymington in October, the Islanders knew their 100% record would come under threat here, and facing a gusty wind in the first half they found themselves frequently in their own half. The action moved to and from early
Lymington had a weight advantage in the pack, and this manifested itself in the early scrums, as they shoved
The game continued to entertain but
In the second half, Isle of Wight started to look more threatening with
The game now seemed settled, but Mariners made their way into Isle of Wight territory and a series of close range drives saw them squeeze over to bring the score to 31-17. Isle of Wight’s response was telling, as Rouse Ltd Man of the Match Warvill made the break and Tennant finished off the move for the concluding score.
IW: Blowers, J Bishop, Spence, Margham, Hallam ©, Warvill, Elsom, Tombleson, Tennant, Davey, Harrison, Jones, T Groves, Bettum, White. Replacements: Willetts, Biles, Reed, N Joyce, Williams, Cole.