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1st XV - Match centre

Alton
Isle Of Wight
F Williams, H Thomas, R Bale, J Powell, J Gwyther, T Hopkin, R Capes PT, L Gardner
Tries
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J Gwyther
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Sat 15 Sep TBC - London & SE Division - Hampshire 1 Full time

Alton RFC Win Again - This Side of the Solent

Hampshire 1 League and Hampshire Plate 2nd Round Double Win - All in one great game!

For the second week running Alton 1st XV played a team from across the Solent. This match had a double purpose, firstly the scheduled Hampshire 1 fixture; secondly the result would also count as a 2nd round match in the Hampshire Plate Cup competition. This had been originally scheduled at Alton for 13th October but to minimise Isle of Wight’s (IoW) travel costs was brought forward.

Facing yet another Island team that appeared more experienced, and physically bigger, Alton’s team only contained 8 of the side that soundly defeated Ventnor last weekend.

Alton picked where they left last week with the first sign of things to come in the 1st minute when winger Kyle Bale got the ball close to his own posts and burst through the visiting defence to reach their 22-metre line, had he looked to his right 2 of his team mates were clear, unfortunately he went left! Within 3 minutes full-back Fran Williams followed Bale’s example and ran clear, but this time backed himself and opened the scoring.

Alton’s stand-off Ed Thomas and centre Joe Gwyther orchestrated their fellow backs who dominated the 1st half and with 22 minutes gone Jess Powell crossed for Alton’s 4th try and the bonus point, Harry Thomas and Ryan Bale scoring the other two. IoW opened their account during this period with a converted try.

Unfortunately, Joe Gwyther was having a bad day with his kicking boot and only converted one of the first 4 tries, but he made amends on 32 minutes when he intercepted an IoW pass and ran some 70 metres to take the score to 27 – 7.

Alton’s forwards, who had been creating the possession for their backs, decided to take matters into their own hands and following a great effort in a scrum #8 Tony Hopkin touched down 2 minutes before half time. HT 32 – 7

From the start of the second half the home players combined well with 2 further unconverted tries within 20 minutes through Ryan Capes and Leo Gardner, both forwards; which IoW answered with another converted try. FT 42-14

A very competent performance from a team that is showing good promise for the season.

Alton must now wait until mid-October to find out their opposition in the Semi-Final of the Plate but next Saturday they are away in Hampshire 1 to Trojans 2nd XV; the second XV are home to Chineham 2nd XV and the Masters are due to entertain Reading at Anstey Park; all 3 kick-offs are at 3:00 p.m.

Key moments

4:00
Try Francis Williams scores for Alton
11:00
Try Harry Thomas scores for Alton
15:00
Try Ryan Bale scores for Alton
15:33
Conversion Joe Gwyther kicks a conversion for Alton
17:00
Try Try for Isle Of Wight
18:00
Conversion Conversion for Isle Of Wight
22:00
Try Jeremy Powell scores for Alton
32:00
Try Joe Gwyther scores for Alton
38:00
Try Tony Hopkin scores for Alton
50:00
Try Ryan Capes PT scores for Alton
55:00
Try Try for Isle Of Wight
56:00
Conversion Conversion for Isle Of Wight
61:00
Try Leo Gardner scores for Alton

Highlights

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62:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
61:00 Try 42 - 14
Leo Gardner scores for Alton
56:00 Conversion 37 - 14
Conversion for Isle Of Wight
55:00 Try 37 - 12
Try for Isle Of Wight
51:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
50:00 Try 37 - 7
Ryan Capes PT scores for Alton
End of period 1
39:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
38:00 Try 32 - 7
Tony Hopkin scores for Alton
32:00 Try 27 - 7
Joe Gwyther scores for Alton
23:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
22:00 Try 22 - 7
Jeremy Powell scores for Alton
18:00 Conversion 17 - 7
Conversion for Isle Of Wight
17:00 Try 17 - 5
Try for Isle Of Wight
15:33 Conversion 17 - 0
Joe Gwyther kicks a conversion for Alton
15:16 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
15:00 Try 15 - 0
Ryan Bale scores for Alton
12:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
11:00 Try 10 - 0
Harry Thomas scores for Alton
5:05 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
4:00 Try 5 - 0
Francis Williams scores for Alton
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As it happened

  • Alton
  • Isle Of Wight
  • 0
  • Francis Williams Try 4:00'
  • Harry Thomas Try 11:00'
  • Ryan Bale Try 15:00'
  • Joe Gwyther Conversion 15:33'
  • Try 17:00'
  • Conversion 18:00'
  • Jeremy Powell Try 22:00'
  • Joe Gwyther Try 32:00'
  • Tony Hopkin Try 38:00'
  • Ryan Capes PT Try 50:00'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 56:00'
  • Leo Gardner Try 61:00'

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League round up

Other Hampshire 1 results

Overton
53
10
22
29
Farnborough
Ventnor
13
22
Locksheath Pumas
Winchester II
28
19

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Alton 8 36
2. Farnborough 8 35
3. Ellingham & Ringwood 8 33
4. Overton 8 29
5. Romsey 8 27
6. Isle Of Wight 8 21
7. Ventnor 8 20

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