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1st XV - Match centre

Fordingbridge
United Services Portsmouth
M Norton, P Scott (2)
Full time
M Norton (2)
M Norton
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - Snows Group Hampshire 1

Fantastic hard fought win for Fordingbridge beating US Portsmouth 22 – 5

Runaway Hampshire One league winners United Services Portsmouth arrived on the crest of an eighteen game unbeaten streak. With a side comprising of a mix of younger and more experienced players we kicked off with high hopes of stopping that run

Fantastic hard fought win for Fordingbridge beating US Portsmouth 22 – 5
Runaway Hampshire One league winners United Services Portsmouth arrived at the Rec on the crest of an eighteen game unbeaten streak. Having lost convincingly to USP earlier in the season we were determined to put on a better performance for our supporters in what was our last game of the season. With a strong side comprising of a mix of younger and more experienced players we started the match with high hopes of bringing their run of wins to an end.
The game kicked off and an indication of the strength and determination of both sides was that the first score in the match came after 36 minutes of play. Following prolonged pressure in their twenty-two Fordingbridge’s Man of the Match, Mat Norton, broke through the strong defence to touch down at the foot of the posts. He then added the extra two to closeout the first half seven points to nil to us.
This was a top of the table clash with much expected of the game and it duly delivered. Both teams played hard uncompromising rugby that was almost more about defence than attack. In the earlier game of the season, the United Services were completely dominant in the forwards which allowed them to score six tries from their scrum. This time however, the packs were much more even and although Portsmouth were still heavier, great work from Ross Bealey at eight for us went a long way to nullifying that advantage.
After fifty-two minutes Peter Scott touched down right in the corner to stretch the lead to twelve and a superb kick from the touch line from Mat Norton added the two points.
However, Portsmouth were never far away from scoring and five minutes later touched down in the corner. The difficult conversion was narrowly missed meaning that the large home crowd were still not able to relax with only one score in it.
With ten minutes to go Peter Scott scored again in the corner to relieve the nerves of the spectators. The conversion was missed but with less than ten minutes to go it looked like an upset was on the cards.
The game was sealed with a seventy-sixth-minute penalty to give us an unassailable lead. As the final whistle was blown the superb US Portsmouth run of eighteen wins had come to an end in what had been a fantastic game of rugby.
In the post match huddle on the pitch a delighted Harry Hitchings commented that the match had been one of best for a long time and that the commitment and team spirit had been superb.
Magnanimous in defeat the US Portsmouth Captain congratulated us on our performance and in turn Harry Hitchings, extended the club’s congratulations to Portsmouth on a amazing season and wished them well in the London league next season.

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Matthew Norton

Player of the Match

Matthew Norton

Key moments

36:00
Try Matthew Norton scores for Fordingbridge
38:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
52:00
Try Peter Scott scores for Fordingbridge
54:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
71:00
Try Peter Scott scores for Fordingbridge
76:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Matthew Norton is awarded player of the match for Fordingbridge
76:00 Penalty 22 - 0
Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
71:00 Try 19 - 0
Peter Scott scores for Fordingbridge
54:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
52:00 Try 12 - 0
Peter Scott scores for Fordingbridge
End of period 1
38:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
36:00 Try 5 - 0
Matthew Norton scores for Fordingbridge
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fordingbridge
  • United Services Portsmouth
  • 0
  • Matthew Norton Try 36:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 38:00'
  • Peter Scott Try 52:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 54:00'
  • Peter Scott Try 71:00'
  • Matthew Norton Penalty 76:00'

Team selection

Scott, Peter Scott, Peter
Stone , Dee Stone , Dee
Davenport, Alex Davenport, Alex
Norton, Matthew Norton, Matthew
Brown, Dan Brown, Dan
Brown, Steve Brown, Steve
Sheppard, Tom Sheppard, Tom
Bealey, Ross Bealey, Ross
Waters, Jamie Waters, Jamie
Hammond, Mark Hammond, Mark
Collier, Philip Collier, Philip
Hitchings, Harry Hitchings, Harry
Parry, Michael Parry, Michael
Gogin, Paddy Gogin, Paddy
Rundle, Nick Rundle, Nick

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# Team Pl Pts
1. United Services Portsmouth 20 87
2. Bognor 20 82
3. Millbrook 20 70
4. Fordingbridge 20 69
5. Sandown & Shanklin 20 64
6. Fareham Heathens 20 49
7. Alresford 20 43

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