Alton RFC 1st XV 'Do the Double' on Overton Rugby Club
By Steve Jenkins
Alton take just 1 minute to open their account
Back in November Alton hosted Overton, scored the first try within 2 minutes, eventually running out winners 41-5. This time at Odd Ball Lane, Freefolk, it took them just 1 minute to open their account. Winger Ryan Bale galloped in from 30 metres after the forwards had set up a great drive from a line-out, Joe Gwyther added the conversion.
4 minutes later Cameron Wicks broke from his own 5 metre line, wrecked Overton’s defence, setting up Gwyther to run in for the 2nd try, which he converted himself. Scrum-half George Pantry then took one of his trade-mark quickly taken penalties to touch down for another converted try.
Overton could have given up at that point, but they regathered themselves and 3 minutes later put together an excellent movement from their own half which their very fast winger touched down out on the left flank; 5-21.
Alton’s next 2 tries came from replacement winger Lewis Jones-Ayres. The first resulted from an Alton backs’ move from within their own half. This was the first time he had actually touched the ball! His second, he ran in from within Alton’s half just 6 minutes later.
Just on half-time Bale added his second again following excellent running lines and support from his fellow backs, Gwyther put his kicking boots back on to take the half-time score to 5-38. Half Time 5-38
Alton were back on the scoreboard immediately after the re-start when Wicks scored an unconverted try, the first of 3 in a row in 12 minutes. His second came 9 minutes later, when he broke free, linked up with Jones-Ayres, who immediately returned the pass to set Wicks free. He scored his hat-trick 3 minutes later when the forwards won a lineout, set the maul allowing Pantrey to pass down the line and Wicks came in on an excellent line. Bale then followed Wicks’ example and collected his own hat-trick try just a minute later, followed by Tony Hopkin who completed a forward drive with a converted try. Pantrey finished off Alton’s scoring on 65 minutes with another quick penalty.
The rest of the match though belonged to Overton who, to their credit, never gave up trying. They attacked the visitors’ defence and were rewarded with 2 good tries, one of which was converted. Full Time 17-74
Alton scored a total of 12 tries and 7 conversions.
Both Ellingham & Ringwood, in 2nd place, and Farnborough in 3rd, had bonus point wins last weekend, so Alton remain 6 points clear at the top of Hampshire 1 but their points difference is 316 better than the second placed side.
Alton entertain Romsey this coming weekend and will meet Ellingham & Ringwood away on Saturday 30th March for what could prove to be the decisive match of the 2018/19 season.