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1st XV - Match centre

Fordingbridge
Fareham Heathens
D Stone , M Parry, I Williams, Z Butler
Full time
M Norton
M Norton
Sat 6 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - Snows Group Hampshire 1

Most definitely a game of two halves as we beat Fareham Heathens 25-18 at the Rec.

It took both teams some while to get into their stride in this game but it was the visitors who started to take control after ten minutes when after an infringement at the ruck they slotted the first penalty to take an early lead.

Most definitely a game of two halves as we beat Fareham Heathens 25-18 at the Rec.
It took both teams some while to get into their stride in this game but it was the visitors who started to take control after ten minutes when after an infringement at the ruck they slotted the first penalty to take an early lead.
This lead was stretched in dramatic fashion when after a scoring an unconverted try in the corner Fareham Heathens scored straight from the kick off to race into a thirteen points to nil lead. It must be said that we were still struggling to get up to speed and looked to be uncomfortable with most aspects of the game at this stage.
However, within ten minutes of the break we finally began to click and following some great interplay between backs and forwards we opened our account with a well finished try by Dee Stone. Captain for the day Mat Norton converted to bring some respectability to the score line. However, Fareham crossed the line after thirty five minutes for another unconverted try to stretch the lead to eleven points.
We were awarded two penalties in the last five minutes of the half. Norton converted one for three points and pushed the second to the corner. A well taken line out and rolling maul saw Mike Parry score a try but with the conversion just wide the score at the break was 18 – 15. Considering the fact that Fareham were in control for most of the first half it was a score line nobody would have expected thirty minutes into the match.
On the flip side it was us who dominated the second half not only with some good attacking moves but also defensively preventing the visitors from scoring at all. The only two tries of the half came from Iestyn Williams and Zak Butler. Iestyn taking a ball from the lineout to force his way through several defenders to touch down and give us the lead for the first time in the match. Zak’s try in the last five minutes sealed the win for us. That said, Fareham were capable of scoring at any time during the half and it was with some relief to us and our supporters when the final whistle went. Both fixtures between the teams for the season have now been played with us narrowly winning both.
Mat Norton commented after the match that he was pleased that we had hung in and won the second half and the game but we needed to shake off the effects Christmas break as we are away to Ventnor next week and at home to second in the league Bognor on the 27th of January.

Jamie Waters

Player of the Match

Jamie Waters

Key moments

29:00
Try Dee Stone scores for Fordingbridge
30:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
37:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
39:00
Try Michael Parry scores for Fordingbridge
42:00
Try Iestyn Williams scores for Fordingbridge
76:00
Try Zak Butler scores for Fordingbridge

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FRFC v Fareham Heathens 06 January 2018
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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Jamie Waters is awarded player of the match for Fordingbridge
76:00 Try 25 - 0
Zak Butler scores for Fordingbridge
42:00 Try 20 - 0
Iestyn Williams scores for Fordingbridge
End of period 1
39:00 Try 15 - 0
Michael Parry scores for Fordingbridge
37:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
30:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
29:00 Try 5 - 0
Dee Stone scores for Fordingbridge
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As it happened

  • Fordingbridge
  • Fareham Heathens
  • 0
  • Dee Stone Try 29:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 30:00'
  • Matthew Norton Penalty 37:00'
  • Michael Parry Try 39:00'
  • Iestyn Williams Try 42:00'
  • Zak Butler Try 76:00'

Team selection

Scott, Peter Scott, Peter
Stone , Dee Stone , Dee
Maynard, Matt Maynard, Matt
Norton, Matthew Norton, Matthew
Davenport, Alex Davenport, Alex
Brown, Steve Brown, Steve
Madgwick, Tom Madgwick, Tom
Hammond, Mark Hammond, Mark
Butler, Zak Butler, Zak
Waters, Jamie Waters, Jamie
Williams, Iestyn Williams, Iestyn
Sanger, Tom Sanger, Tom
Parry, Michael Parry, Michael
Beer, Tim Beer, Tim
Rundle, Nick Rundle, Nick

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# Team Pl Pts
1. United Services Portsmouth 13 57
2. Bognor 13 48
3. Millbrook 12 45
4. Fordingbridge 13 41
5. Sandown & Shanklin 13 39
6. Fareham Heathens 13 34
7. Alresford 12 26

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