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1st XV - Match centre

Fordingbridge
Bognor
J Merry, P Scott
Tries
M Norton
Penalties
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - Hampshire Premier Full time

Close encounter at the Rec goes the way of Bognor RFC by 17 points to 13

In the closest game of the season so far for Fordingbridge, Bognor RFC ran out winners of a game that was principally about stout defence from both sides

In the closest game of the season so far for Fordingbridge, Bognor RFC ran out winners of a game that was principally about stout defence from both sides. The visitors did have most of the territory and possession for nearly three quarters of the match but found making the last few yards against Fordingbridge’s committed defence very difficult. Due in no small measure to the back row of Man of the Match Mark Hammond, Jamie Waters and Joe Weld.
Two unconverted tries from Bognor were the only scores in the first half despite great efforts from both teams. Bognor had had the benefit of the stiff breeze at their backs in the first half so Fordingbridge looked to turn that to their advantage in the second half. After ten minutes Matthew Norton slotted a long-range penalty to get the home side on the score board.
As the match entered the final quarter the rugby shifted from a defensive to an attacking style as Bognor scored a well worked try which, with the extras added, stretched their lead to 17 – 3 and with only ten minutes to full time, looked an unassailable margin.
However, Fordingbridge responded with two superb tries before the final whistle from Josh Merry and Peter Scott but with both conversions narrowly passing outside of the uprights, the draw was missed, and Bognor come away with a good away win. Fordingbridge do get the losing bonus point which means they retain fourth position in the Hampshire Premier league but are now eight points behind Sandown & Shanklin and Basingstoke, neither of whom have lost this season yet.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Mark Hammond

Player of the Match

Mark Hammond

Key moments

50:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
75:00
Try Josh Merry scores for Fordingbridge
79:00
Try Peter Scott scores for Fordingbridge

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Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Mark Hammond is awarded player of the match for Fordingbridge
79:00 Try 13 - 0
Peter Scott scores for Fordingbridge
75:00 Try 8 - 0
Josh Merry scores for Fordingbridge
50:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
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As it happened

  • Fordingbridge
  • Bognor
  • 0
  • Matthew Norton Penalty 50:00'
  • Josh Merry Try 75:00'
  • Peter Scott Try 79:00'

Team selection

Scott, Peter Scott, Peter
Merry, Josh Merry, Josh
Tooze, Joe Tooze, Joe
Norton, Matthew Norton, Matthew
Brown, Dan Brown, Dan
Brown, Steve Brown, Steve
Broderick, Sam Broderick, Sam
Weld, Joe Weld, Joe
Hammond, Mark Hammond, Mark
Waters, Jamie Waters, Jamie
Hill, Ryan Hill, Ryan
Hitchings, Harry Hitchings, Harry
Parry, Michael Parry, Michael
Beer, Tim Beer, Tim
Gwynne, James Gwynne, James

League round up

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Eastleigh II
7
17
Basingstoke
18
10
Alresford
22
16
Millbrook
Tottonians II
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36
Portsmouth II

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Basingstoke 11 53
2. Sandown & Shanklin 11 48
3. Bognor 11 43
4. Fordingbridge 11 36
5. Millbrook 11 34
6. Alresford 11 25
7. Eastleigh II 11 24

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