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1st XV - Match centre

Millbrook
Fordingbridge
Tries
R Bealey, T Tully, M Hammond, N Rundle, S Brown
Conversions
M Norton (4)
Penalties
M Norton
Sat 5 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - Hampshire Premier Full time

A rare draw caps off a great afternoon’s rugby between Millbrook and Fordingbridge at thirty six all.

We travelled to Millbrook in Southampton for the return match of the season fixtures for what is always a tough and often feisty encounter. With the weather warming slightly and the rain holding off it promised to be a tough afternoon and it was!

We started the match fourth in the Hampshire Premier League with Millbrook just one place below them in fifth. With the season over half way through and the teams settled this was going to be a close encounter.
It was almost a quarter of the way into the half before we took the lead with a Mat Norton penalty, but it is true to say that this was against the run of play. Millbrook have always had a large well drilled pack who dominate set pieces and this game was no exception. We were on the back foot for large parts of the half. Two tries in the space of three minutes from Millbrook swept them into twelve points to three lead.
We started to move play away from the Millbrook forwards and on thirty minutes scored our first try through Ross Bealey which Mat Norton converted. Just before the break Tom Tully added to our score and at the interval we had a slender three-point advantage at 15 – 12.
However, in this see saw game, Millbrook bounced back after the break with an unconverted try to re-establish their lead. As Millbrook had in the first half so we did in the second scoring two tries in quick succession, one from Mark Hammond and the other from Nick Rundle. With both converted the lead again changed hands in our favour. At this point it began to look as though we had taken control of the game at 29 -17 but Millbrook had other ideas.
Another unconverted try from Millbrook narrowed the gap until Fordingbridge stand-off Steve Brown capped a flowing three quarter move to stretch the lead again to 36 – 22.
With ten minutes to go the travelling ‘Bridge supporters began to relax a little, but the game had yet more to offer. we had two men yellow carded in the last ten minutes of the match, one of which resulted in a penalty try. Despite a desperate defensive effort from the thirteen man Fordingbridge side we could not hold out Millbrook who scored the last try of the game to even the scores at thirty six all.
This was great game of rugby played in excellent spirit by two very evenly match teams and at the after match celebrations all agreed it was the right result for such a super game.
Next week sees both Fordingbridge sides play at home, the 1 XV welcome New Milton and the 2XV, Alton 2XV

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Ross Bealey

Player of the Match

Ross Bealey

Key moments

18:00
Penalty Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
29:00
Try Ross Bealey scores for Fordingbridge
30:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
37:00
Try Tom Tully scores for Fordingbridge
55:00
Try Mark Hammond scores for Fordingbridge
56:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
62:00
Try Nick Rundle scores for Fordingbridge
63:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
69:00
Try Steve Brown scores for Fordingbridge
70:00
Conversion Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Ross Bealey is awarded player of the match for Fordingbridge
70:00 Conversion 0 - 36
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
69:00 Try 0 - 34
Steve Brown scores for Fordingbridge
63:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
62:00 Try 0 - 27
Nick Rundle scores for Fordingbridge
56:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
55:00 Try 0 - 20
Mark Hammond scores for Fordingbridge
End of period 1
37:00 Try 0 - 15
Tom Tully scores for Fordingbridge
30:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Matthew Norton kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
29:00 Try 0 - 8
Ross Bealey scores for Fordingbridge
18:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Matthew Norton kicks a penalty for Fordingbridge
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Millbrook
  • Fordingbridge
  • 0
  • Matthew Norton Penalty 18:00'
  • Ross Bealey Try 29:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 30:00'
  • Tom Tully Try 37:00'
  • Mark Hammond Try 55:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 56:00'
  • Nick Rundle Try 62:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 63:00'
  • Steve Brown Try 69:00'
  • Matthew Norton Conversion 70:00'

Team selection

Scott, Peter Scott, Peter
Boyns, Charlie Boyns, Charlie
Tully, Tom Tully, Tom
Norton, Matthew Norton, Matthew
Brown, Dan Brown, Dan
Brown, Steve Brown, Steve
Broderick, Sam Broderick, Sam
Bealey, Ross Bealey, Ross
Weld, Joe Weld, Joe
Hammond, Mark Hammond, Mark
Hitchings, Harry Hitchings, Harry
Robinson, James Robinson, James
Gwynne, James Gwynne, James
Beer, Tim Beer, Tim
Rundle, Nick Rundle, Nick

League round up

Other Hampshire Premier results

Alresford
15
20
Basingstoke
41
5
Eastleigh II
0
48
50
5
Portsmouth II
Tottonians II
54
17

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Basingstoke 14 66
2. Sandown & Shanklin 14 59
3. Bognor 14 54
4. Fordingbridge 14 48
5. Millbrook 14 38
6. Fareham Heathens 14 32
7. New Milton & District 14 30

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