Isle of Wight RFC’s seconds edged a rip-roaring tussle at
Farnborough RFC in dramatic style, confirming a Hampshire Three title decider next Saturday at
A depleted lineup saw
A further blow saw experienced scrum-half Colman Cotter forced off through injury, Isle of Wight
Though leading, the Islanders knew that the game was very much in the balance, so started the second half with vigour as captain for the day Andy White crashed through two tackles to double Isle of Wight’s margin of superiority. Again, Farnborough replied with a raft of substitutions which changed the course of the game. Where
The power and pace of Farnborough threatened to overwhelm the gallant Isle of Wight side, and their fifth try left the score at 27-20 with 15 minutes to play. Not for the first time this season, the Wight warriors seemed dead and buried, but they collectively raised their game and dug themselves out of a hole. George Biles carried well, while Rouse Ltd man of the match Jim Willetts was a huge influence at the breakdown. Setting up camp in the Farnborough 22, Isle of Wight wasted an opportunity before a great try was finished at the corner flag by Salar Bettum. Blowers’ conversion attempt bounced back off the crossbar, and
The Isle of Wight RFC 2XV travel to second-placed Hook & Odiham on Saturday for their penultimate game of the campaign in the knowledge that the entire season is on the line; win and they are champions, lose and they will almost certainly finish second.
Isle of Wight RFC 2XV: Blowers, Langdon, Bettum, White, Leahy, Warvill, Cotter, Willetts, McQueen, Davey, Biles, Jones, T Groves, Spencer-Brading, N Joyce, Harrison.