Isle of Wight’s firsts received a walkover from Trojans seconds in their scheduled Hampshire One match. The news was not wholly unexpected, but the late nature of the cancellation on Friday morning was disappointing to many.
“I’m fuming,” stated captain Lewis Murray. “It’s the fourth time they’ve failed to fulfil a fixture this season, and along with the debacle of Winchester seconds earlier in the year, some of our fears about the introduction of several second teams to the Hampshire leagues have come to pass. They actually beat us at their place earlier in the season, but this denies us the chance to properly set the record straight, which I’m certain we would have done. I’m pleased though that almost the entire first team squad turned up to cheer on the second team instead.”
Isle of Wight receive five match points for the win, but would have much preferred to play the game. Director of rugby Dave Metcalfe said: “We’re looking to pick up a friendly next Saturday, possibly against Winchester. If we don’t play this weekend, we will have been without a game for five weeks when we travel to Farnborough on the 23rd.”