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1st XV - Match centre

Fordingbridge
Old Paulines
D Timms
Tries
M Norton (2)
Penalties
Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - Friendly Full time

A Bridge too far

In a tough encounter in appalling conditions at the Rec Fordingbridge RFC lost their match against Surrey runners up Old Paulines in the playoff match for promotion to London 3 SW.

Match report by Martin Norton

The game started well for the home side when captain Mat Norton converted two long range penalties for a six nil lead and with Old Paulines making a number of un forced errors and a missed penalty it looked like it might be Bridge's afternoon.
However, OP’s started to get their game together and their extra weight in the pack began to tell. Just after twenty minutes into the half they mauled Fordingbridge over the line for the first try of the afternoon. A second try followed from the visitors eight minutes later and with their kicker finding his range the visitors took the lead to 14 – 6 at the half time break.
The second half did not start well for Bridge with two tries in the space of five minutes putting the home side under enormous pressure. Fordingbridge did step up their game in the final quarter of the match with the extra fitness beginning to show. Despite persistent pressure from both the backs and the forwards it was not until ten minutes from the end when Bridge scored their only try of the afternoon. A sustained period of controlled phase play by the forwards enabled Dave Timms to break the white line.
The last score of the game came when Old Paulines converted a penalty to take the game and the London League slot by 29-11.
Despite losing the match Fordingbridge have had a superb season, finishing second in Snows Hampshire One league and with a balanced blend of youth and experience in the squad things look good for next season.

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David Timms

Player of the Match

David Timms

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
10:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
68:00
Try David Timms scores for Fordingbridge

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As it happened

  • Fordingbridge
  • Old Paulines
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  • Matthew Norton Penalty 6:00'
  • Matthew Norton Penalty 10:00'
  • Mark Hammond Sub On 60:00'
  • Harry Hitchings Sub Off 61:00'
  • Matthew Vass Sub On 61:00'
  • David Timms Try 68:00'
  • Edward Douglas Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jamie Waters Sub On 70:00'
  • James Letherbarrow Sub Off 71:00'
  • John Dossitt Sub On 71:00'

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