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1st XV - Match centre

Fordingbridge
Old Tonbridgians
M Norton (2)
Penalties
Sat 26 Apr 15:00 - League Full time

Hot to handle

Fordingbridge found the runners-up in the Surrey League, Old Tonbridgians too hot to handle in their promotion play-off at the Rec last Saturday and went down by 36-6.

So after a great season in Snows Hampshire One, Fordingbridge failed to make the promotion allowing Old Tonbridgians to take their place in London 3 South West.

‘Bridge had to contend with a strong, swirling wind in their faces in the first half and Old Tonbridgians scored three tries through Edward Johnstone, Olly Dorrell and Henry Walpole. Johnstone converted all three tries and all Bridge could manage in reply was a penalty by Mat Norton.

After the restart Fordingbridge started to get back into the game but despite their best efforts could not break through the OT’s defence and were not able to cope with the pace and organisation of the visitors. Although Norton kicked a second penalty two further tries from the Surrey side put the issue beyond doubt from Phil Chalmers and a second by Dorrell.

FRFC v O Tonbridgians 26 April 2014
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Johnstone, who was later named the Old Boys’ man of the match, kicked a brilliant conversion from wide out, and Bridge were consigned to another season in Snows Hampshire One.

Despite this the New Forest side can be proud of their season winning nineteen of their twenty two league matches and scoring eight hundred and forty three points with their brand of fast, expansive and very entertaining rugby.

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Key moments

8:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
47:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge

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FRFC v O Tonbridgians 26 April 2014
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  • Matthew Norton Penalty 8:00'
  • Matthew Norton Penalty 47:00'

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