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1st XV - Match centre

Eastleigh II
R Wallis, J Hirst, M Hammond
M Hammond (2)
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - Hampshire Premier Full time

Fordingbridge lose to Eastleigh in the last match of the season by 27 -19


In a tough encounter at Eastleigh, Fordingbridge finish the season with a disappointing loss. Despite this as Bognor beat Millbrook we finished fourth in the inaugural season of the Hampshire Premier league.

In the last game of the season the match kicked off in front of a large crowd. This was bolstered by the Eastleigh first fifteen squad who’s match had been cancelled and who offered great support both on and off the pitch.
Eastleigh started well with a steady build up of points to take a thirteen nil lead within twenty minutes of kick off following two penalties and an unconverted try. However, we started to get the hang of the very narrow pitch and Rufus Wallis closed the gap with an unconverted try.
As the break approached James Hirst brought us to within one with a brilliant try converted by Mark Hammond and as the teams turned for the break it could not be closer at thirteen twelve to Eastleigh.
Ten minutes into the second half Mark Hammond touched down for a try of his own which he converted to give us the lead for the first time in the match.
Our pack did very well against the much heavier home side but eventually constant pressure resulted in in two more tries for Eastleigh to round out the game twenty nine points to nineteen winners.
Lock Harry Northway was awarded man of the match. In his last match as Captain Harry Hitchings thanked the team and the support for a great season.
Our congratulations go to Basingstoke who finished the season unbeaten winning all twenty two of their matches. With play off’s still to come it is not quite certain yet what the final make up of the Hampshire Premier League will be next season but after finishing fourth we can certainly look forward to being there.

Harry Northway

Player of the Match

Harry Northway

Key moments

Try Rufus Wallis scores for Fordingbridge
Try James Hirst scores for Fordingbridge
Conversion Mark Hammond kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
Try Mark Hammond scores for Fordingbridge
Conversion Mark Hammond kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge

Videos and photos

1st XV v Eastleigh II 06.04.2019
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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Harry Northway is awarded player of the match for Fordingbridge
50:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Mark Hammond kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
49:00 Try 0 - 17
Mark Hammond scores for Fordingbridge
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Mark Hammond kicks a conversion for Fordingbridge
33:00 Try 0 - 10
James Hirst scores for Fordingbridge
23:00 Try 0 - 5
Rufus Wallis scores for Fordingbridge
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As it happened

  • Eastleigh II
  • Fordingbridge
  • 0
  • Rufus Wallis Try 23:00'
  • James Hirst Try 33:00'
  • Mark Hammond Conversion 34:00'
  • Mark Hammond Try 49:00'
  • Mark Hammond Conversion 50:00'

Team selection

Merry, Josh Merry, Josh
Hirst, James Hirst, James
Tully, Tom Tully, Tom
Wallis, Rufus Wallis, Rufus
Brown, Dan Brown, Dan
Scott, Peter Scott, Peter
Broderick, Sam Broderick, Sam
Hammond, Mark Hammond, Mark
Waters, Jamie Waters, Jamie
Bealey, Ross Bealey, Ross
Northway, Harry Northway, Harry
Hitchings, Harry Hitchings, Harry
Gwynne, James Gwynne, James
Beer, Tim Beer, Tim
Rundle, Nick Rundle, Nick

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Basingstoke 22 105
2. Sandown & Shanklin 22 95
3. Bognor 22 88
4. Fordingbridge 22 65
5. New Milton & District 22 63
6. Millbrook 22 62
7. Alresford 22 50

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