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M Woolley, J Crothers, J Gwyther, L Parratt
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J Gwyther (2)
Sat 6 Oct TBC - London & SE Division - Hampshire 1 Full time

Top of Table Clash


Battle of top 2 Hampshire 1 teams

Rugby Match Report
Hampshire 1
Farnborough RFC 43 vs. Alton RFC 24

As last week this was again a top of the table clash, both teams were on 20 points, Alton 4 bonus point wins, Farnborough 3 bonus point wins and credited with a walkover (worth 5 points). This promised to be a very close and hotly contested match, and so it proved, with victory for Farnborough in doubt until the last 5 minutes.
Both teams had to cope with the rare, for this season so far, continual rain. Any nervousness Farnborough may have had was eased when James Windle took the first points with a penalty in front of the posts after six minutes; 3-0.
Alton fought back, keeping the ball in Farnborough’s 22, eventually scoring a try through Mike Woolley, which stand-off Joe Gwyther duly converted to take the score to 3-7.
10 minutes later Farnborough’s Carl Clements popped out from a scrum to score. Windle had an easy conversion and reset the score to 10-7.
Almost immediately Alton were back in front when their pack drove 2nd row Jon Crothers over. This time the conversion was missed, 10-12.
Farnborough replied with a converted try when Jay Miller dodged and weaved in from 25 metres to score. Miller would score again straight after a scrum just four minutes later, although Windle missed this time the score was now at 22-12, at half time.
Soon after the restart, Farnborough scored another converted try, this time through Alex Stewart who went over in the left-hand corner, 29-12.
Within 3 minutes Alton closed the gap with an unconverted try by Gwyther, 29-17
Alton now pressurised the home defence and may well have scored again both an intercepted pass meant they missed the opportunity.
Following this misfortune Farnborough took advantage when Nathan Carter dodged a last-ditch tackle to pop over the line, try converted by Windle, 36-17. with a clinical, planned finish.
Alton did not give up and with 16 minutes to go, they claimed their bonus point try when hooker Luke Parratt touched down, 36-24.
A succession of penalties in Farnborough’s 22 gave the visitors hope and put Farnborough’s nerves on edge. Unfortunately, Farnborough’s captain, Lee Kirkham intercepted an Alton pass on the cusp of full time and raced to the line to put the ball down behind the posts, with Windle taking the last move of the match through the posts to convert.
A final score of 43-24 which some would argue somewhat flattered the home side but with Farnborough now four points clear, Alton will look forward to the return fixture at the end of January when they will have the opportunity to redress the balance.
Next Saturday Alton look forward to welcoming old friends, and rivals, Haslemere, to Anstey Park when they meet in the London & South-East Region Junior Vase cup competition. Kick-off is at 3:00 p.m.

Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Farnborough
Try Michael Woolley scores for Alton
Conversion Joe Gwyther kicks a conversion for Alton
Try Try for Farnborough
Conversion Conversion for Farnborough
Try Jon Crothers scores for Alton
Try Try for Farnborough
Conversion Conversion for Farnborough
Try Try for Farnborough
Try Try for Farnborough
Conversion Conversion for Farnborough
Try Joe Gwyther scores for Alton
Try Try for Farnborough
Conversion Conversion for Farnborough
Try Luke Parratt scores for Alton
Conversion Joe Gwyther kicks a conversion for Alton
Try Try for Farnborough
Conversion Conversion for Farnborough


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80:00 Conversion 43 - 24
Conversion for Farnborough
79:00 Try 41 - 24
Try for Farnborough
67:00 Conversion 36 - 24
Joe Gwyther kicks a conversion for Alton
66:00 Try 36 - 22
Luke Parratt scores for Alton
58:00 Conversion 36 - 17
Conversion for Farnborough
57:00 Try 34 - 17
Try for Farnborough
46:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
45:00 Try 29 - 17
Joe Gwyther scores for Alton
43:00 Conversion 29 - 12
Conversion for Farnborough
42:00 Try 27 - 12
Try for Farnborough
End of period 1
36:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Farnborough
35:00 Try 22 - 12
Try for Farnborough
31:00 Conversion 17 - 12
Conversion for Farnborough
30:00 Try 15 - 12
Try for Farnborough
24:00 Missed Conversion
Joe Gwyther misses a conversion for Alton
23:00 Try 10 - 12
Jon Crothers scores for Alton
20:00 Conversion 10 - 7
Conversion for Farnborough
19:00 Try 8 - 7
Try for Farnborough
11:00 Conversion 3 - 7
Joe Gwyther kicks a conversion for Alton
10:00 Try 3 - 5
Michael Woolley scores for Alton
4:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Farnborough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Farnborough
  • Alton
  • 0
  • Penalty 4:00'
  • Michael Woolley Try 10:00'
  • Joe Gwyther Conversion 11:00'
  • Try 19:00'
  • Conversion 20:00'
  • Jon Crothers Try 23:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Conversion 31:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • Joe Gwyther Try 45:00'
  • Try 57:00'
  • Conversion 58:00'
  • Luke Parratt Try 66:00'
  • Joe Gwyther Conversion 67:00'
  • Try 79:00'
  • Conversion 80:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Alton 18 85
2. Ellingham & Ringwood 18 76
3. Farnborough 18 75
4. Locksheath Pumas 18 50
5. Overton 18 47
6. Isle Of Wight 18 43
7. Romsey 18 43

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