A disappointing opener to the season as we narrowly lose to Ellingham & Ringwood 27 - 29
Our season started with the much anticipated local derby with close neighbours Ellingham & Ringwood and at the Rec. With the rain holding off and a large crowd it was set to be a close fought and exciting encounter.
We opened the game superbly with the backs and the forwards working together as a unit resulting in three tries within the first twenty minutes. The first of these from Mat Maynard who touched down under the posts with Peter Scott
converting. Unfortunately Mat injured himself as he scored and took no further part in the game.
The second try two minutes later followed a flowing three quarter move from one side of the pitch to the other with Peter Scott
dotting down in the corner. The difficult conversion just missed but at this stage we seemed to be cruising.
Ellingham & Ringwood opened their account with a long range penalty to narrow the gap but immediately from the kick off we turned over a scrum on the visitors five metre line and Captain Harry Hitching picked up to score.
The score remained unchanged at 17 – 3 until the stroke of half time when Ellingham mauled their way over in the corner and with the conversion missed the score at the break was 17 – 8.
As the second half got under way we took our foot off the gas and the visitors started playing to their game plan of a forwards dominated attack which they did very well. This meant that we could not get any possession and spent most of the half playing without the ball.
A rolling maul gave Ellingham & Ringwood their second try which they converted to bring themselves within two points. A further unconverted try gave them the lead for the first time in the match.
Following a period of poor discipline from the home side, Elligham scored three penalties all within eight minutes to stretch their lead to 29 –17.
Finally, we started to take control and scored two late tries from Sam Broderick
and Charlie Boyns
but time ran out and the match finished 29 – 27 to Ellingham & Ringwood. The only compensation for the home side was the two bonus points for finishing within seven points and scoring four tries. Fordingbridge man of the match went to Jack Griffiths
We travel to Fareham Heathens next week.