Alton U15 Through to Hampshire Cup Semi-Final
By Steve Carter
A convincing win against Fordingbridge in their Cup Quarter Final takes the Alton boys another step forwards along the path to the Hampshire Cup
On a windy day at Fortress Anstey, the U15 boys won convincingly against a physical Fordingbridge side in their Cup Quarter Final to set up a semi-final against old rivals Winchester.
The Alton boys dominated from the kick off, with Matthew Salisbury beating the defence on the outside and scoring under the posts a mere 30 seconds after the whistle had blown. Josh Law converted to give Alton a 7-0 lead. A second try would follow soon after, with Jonny Maddock crashing over the line (12-0). Alton continued to push hard, with strong work from the forwards and their now characteristic deft handling and great running lines from the backs, so it was not surprising when 15 minutes in, Maddock crossed the line again, with Law converting to take the score at the end of the first quarter to 19-0. The game continued in a similar vein, with tries for James Richardson and Law, with Law converting his own score, taking Alton into the break 31 points ahead.
Credit should be given to the Fordingbridge boys for putting up a strong fight, pushing close to the Alton try line several times but dogged defence from the boys in red kept them out and when Josh Law went over in the 33rd minute to take the score to 36-0, that was the game officially over (at the U15 age group the match finishes when one team has a 35 point lead).
The game continued as a friendly with Alton adding ten more points to their tally, through tries Matthew Hodges and Joshua Gregory, taking the final score to 46-0.
Maddock - 2
Law - 2
Law - 3