A large crowd attended the match with the visitors bringing a coach load and Ventnor hosting an 80s reunion with over 20 former players meeting to watch the game and reminisce. If they were there to be entertained, they couldn’t complain as both sides registered early scores. Ventnor’s try coming from Ed Blake intercepting and running the length of the pitch.
Both teams were playing well and as the half continued it was clear that neither was going to yield easily. Both sides had long and numerous phases of ball retention that only ended with scores. Andy Gough was next to get his name on the score sheet, as he tapped and went on a penalty to crash over for his first try.
The second half saw many heroic carries in the wet, foggy conditions. AJ Wells Man of the Match Lewy Morton leading the charge, aided by Cameron Griggs, Lewis Jones and captain Sam Dawson. This platform created another opportunity for Andy Gough to strike with his second try. Unfortunately it was a tricky day off the tee for Ricky Keyes, who couldn’t convert the 3 tries.
Strong defensive displays from Chris Dobbas, Ben Atkins and Simon Blow did well to hold back the large Farnbrough team, but they managed to outscore Ventnor 6 tries to 3.
Team management of Dean Magnurson and Stuart Babington were very happy with the physical display the home team showed. The amassed crowd certainly enjoyed their afternoon.
Red Funnel Moment of the Match went to Sam Dawson.
Team – Pratt, Jones, Keyes, Teague, Noyes, Griggs, Morton, Dawson, Gough, Lines, Blake, Dobbas, Cooper, Atkins, Blow. Subs – Riches, Green, Edwards
Ventnor RFC would like to thank the following for sponsoring the match – The Smugglers Haven Tea Gardens, St James’ Place Wealth Management, Ayres Punchard Investment Management Ltd., James Morton, Ron Gisborn, Micky Buttle and Cliff Camm