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1st XV - Match centre

Isle Of Wight
Alton
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Tries
A Hankins (2), N Stoffel, R Capes PT
Conversions
G Pantrey, O Fielder
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Penalties
J Gwyther
Sat 15 Dec TBC - London & SE Division - Hampshire 1 Full time

Alton 1st XV Cross Stormy Seas to Win Against Isle of Wight

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These had to be the worst conditions Alton 1st XV have ever played in...

On the stormiest day of the winter so far Alton had to cross the Solent for this match. As it happened, they were some 35 minutes late arriving at Footways having been delayed in Southampton, not because of the weather, but due to a technical fault on the ferry!
Kick-off had to be delayed some 20 minutes during which the wind and rain increased to almost storm force. The pitch had many puddles of muddy water and the game could have been abandoned but both teams agreed to play as to re-arrange the game at the next available date would have been virtually impossible due to the proximity of Christmas.
In a highly competitive game both defences dominated the first half of the game, knowing the local conditions well IoW had kicked off with the rain and wind on their backs and in the first half they dominated territory. It is to Alton’s great credit that during this first 40 minutes they only gave away 2 penalties, which meant IoW led 6-0 at half-time, when both teams ran for the shelter of the changing rooms. HT 6 - 0
Alton, 6 nil down at half time always knew that it was going to be a close game but coping with the elements better than the home at the start of the second half side set about the task in hand. They were soon rewarded on 45 minutes when loose-head prop Alex Hankins burst through the defence to run in a try from some 20 metres out, George Pantry secured the conversion and Alton led 6-7.
10 minutes later stand-off Joe Gwyther, kicking across the wind very skilfully took an additional 3 points.
Soon after this Hankins repeated his earlier effort from the same distance, this was converted by Oli Fielder, 6-17. Fellow prop Nick Stoffel decided that what his partner could do, he could as well and finished off a move that started in Alton’s own half charging in from 30 metres, 6-22.
With just 3 minutes to go IoW managed to put a good move together and scored out on the right of the field; 11-22.
Alton realised that a try bonus point was on offer and forced their way onto the home team’s goal line. Flanker, Ryan Capes, mugged the IoW prop, stole the ball, and flopped over to score Alton’s 4th try. FT 11 - 27
Alton can congratulate themselves on an amazing second half recovery, considering the conditions. These had prompted Alton’s Club Captain, Adam Baker, to comment that had been “possibly the wettest game he had ever seen!” It was also one of the wettest and coldest with all the player urgently needing warm showers and dry clothes to ward off the effects of hyperthermia!
Alton are still tied with Farnborough at the top of Hampshire 1 on 55 league points and only 6 game points separating the clubs.
This game was Alton’s last of 2018. They now have a 2 weeks rest before they are due to entertain Trojans II for a Hampshire 1 league fixture at Anstey Park on Saturday 5th January, kick-off 2 p.m.
The following week they visit Locksheath Pumas for a double header, the second league meeting between the teams, and the semi-final of the Hampshire Plate.

Tom Smethurst

Player of the Match

Tom Smethurst

Key moments

28:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Isle Of Wight
35:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Isle Of Wight
45:00
Try Alex Hankins scores for Alton
46:00
Conversion George Pantrey kicks a conversion for Alton
58:00
Penalty Joe Gwyther kicks a penalty for Alton
68:00
Try Alex Hankins scores for Alton
69:00
Conversion Oli Fielder kicks a conversion for Alton
72:00
Try Nick Stoffel scores for Alton
77:00
Try Try for Isle Of Wight
80:00
Try Ryan Capes PT scores for Alton

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Tom Smethurst is awarded player of the match for Alton
80:00 Try 11 - 27
Ryan Capes PT scores for Alton
77:00 Try 11 - 22
Try for Isle Of Wight
72:00 Try 6 - 22
Nick Stoffel scores for Alton
69:00 Conversion 6 - 17
Oli Fielder kicks a conversion for Alton
68:00 Try 6 - 15
Alex Hankins scores for Alton
58:00 Penalty 6 - 10
Joe Gwyther kicks a penalty for Alton
46:00 Conversion 6 - 7
George Pantrey kicks a conversion for Alton
45:00 Try 6 - 5
Alex Hankins scores for Alton
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Penalty kicked for Isle Of Wight
28:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Isle Of Wight
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Isle Of Wight
  • Alton
  • 0
  • Penalty 28:00'
  • Penalty 35:00'
  • Alex Hankins Try 45:00'
  • George Pantrey Conversion 46:00'
  • Joe Gwyther Penalty 58:00'
  • Alex Hankins Try 68:00'
  • Oli Fielder Conversion 69:00'
  • Nick Stoffel Try 72:00'
  • Try 77:00'
  • Ryan Capes PT Try 80:00'

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League round up

Other Hampshire 1 results

Farnborough
39
18
Locksheath Pumas
40
0
Ventnor
0
55
Overton

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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